Thomas Partey played just 8 minutes on his Arsenal debut against Manchester City as boss Mikel Arteta insists he will gently ease the Ghana international in to Premier League life.
Partey was signed by the Gunners from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day for £45m much to the delight of fans, who had been pining for the midfielder’s signature.
However, those who were expecting the 27-year-old to start his first game for the club against Manchester City this weekend were left disappointed as the player had to make do for a place on the bench.
Partey did make his Arsenal bow eventually, although he was only afforded 8 minutes of game time as the Gunners slipped to a 1-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium.
Manager Mikel Arteta insists he won’t rush Partey’s arrival in to the English game, claiming he will ‘respect the process.’
Speaking post-match, the Spaniard said:
“I think we have to respect that process and that timing for him because he only trained for a day really and there’s a lot of new information and different game models for him to understand, and we have to respect that, but I think when he came on he looked good.”
Arteta may hand Partey his full debut this coming Thursday in the Europa League, as Arsenal travel to Austria to take on Rapid Vienna.