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Arteta rates Partey’s chances of starting for Arsenal against City


Mikel Arteta says that new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey is “very willing to start playing” ahead of their clash against Manchester City on Saturday.

Partey has had his first training session with the rest of his Gunners team-mates today following his deadline day £45m move from Atletico Madrid,

Despite talks of the move being dead in the water as the end of the window neared, Arsenal boss Arteta remained confident they could get their man.

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Partey could make his Arsenal debut in Saturday’s Premier League trip to Manchester City but Arteta wasn’t giving too much away.

“Well he was here just yesterday, he is getting familiar with everything around the club,” Arteta said at a pre-match press conference.

“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.

“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.

“He got to know some of his team-mates [already]. 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.”



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