Thomas Partey set to Start vs Man City – Arteta Drops Huge Hint

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With the international break over, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was back in front of the media.

Our manager discussed Saturday’s game against Manchester City, with Arteta dropping a huge hint of Thomas Partey being involved in the crucial clash.

This is what he said:

on integrating Thomas Partey into the matchday squad…
Well he was here just yesterday (Wednesday), he is getting familiar with everything around the club. Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him. We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.

on how long it takes players to adapt to the Premier League…
I think it is something very individual, depending on many factors. How they settle first of all here in the city with their family, whether they speak the language or not, whether their qualities fit the team and the Premier League more straight away or if they need some adaptation and some development in those areas. It is very particular, you see some players adapt really quickly and some others taking a long time.

on how excited he is to have a player like Partey…
I have seen the buzz around the place, the fans are really happy, I have seen some really positive reactions after we bought him, the same with the team, the squad and the staff. I think he is a player we had the radar on for a long time and we have managed to bring him in and I think he will be a really important addition to the team.

on how Partey is settling into the squad…
Very good. He hasn’t trained with us yet, he will have the first training session today but he got to know some of his team-mates. Not all of them, because some are still on international duty but we will have everyone back today and it will be a good day for him to get to know everyone.