Diego Simeone explains why Arsenal already have a perfect Mesut Ozil replacement

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has told Arsenal fans what to expect from Thomas Partey.

The midfielder completed a £45million move to north London on transfer deadline day last week and could be in line to make his Gunners debut against Manchester City on Saturday evening.

Having established himself as one of Europe’s top players in his position during his time in the Spanish capital, the 27-year-old could turn out to be a transformative signing for the north London outfit.

And Partey’s now-former manager at the Wanda Metropolitano, Simeone, has previously spoken about how versatile the midfielder is, and how to best utilise his abilities.

“Thomas is the one who best understands this position and the transition from defence to attack, shooting, scoring, providing assists and playing passes between the lines,” Simeone said in June.

“When he’s at his best level consistently, he’s so good that all the best teams in Europe are looking at him.”

Simeone’s comments about Partey’s ability to attack, score, provide assists, and play passes between the lines will be of interest to Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners manager has previously admitted that his side lack creativity in the middle of the park and the arrival of the 27-year-old could mean he has the perfect replacement for Mesut Ozil.

Arteta has seemingly made it clear to Ozil that his long-term future is away from the Emirates Stadium having left him out of the Europa League squad.

In addition, the former Germany international hasn’t made a single matchday squad so far this season.

It remains to be seen if Partey can take on the role of chief creator at Arsenal, but he did record two assists for Ghana on Monday evening and his signing could mean a change of formation under Arteta.

“I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short,” Arteta told Arsenal.com.

“I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.”


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