Thomas Partey had a clear message for the Arsenal fanbase after arriving in England.
Ghana international player is determined to take the club back to the summit of the game, but admits that it will not happen overnight.
“I feel so happy, I already feel part of the family because the fans have received me, everybody is saying nice things about me and, you know, to be received like this is a great feeling,” Partey told Arsenal.com.
“This a great club, it is one of the biggest clubs in Europe and it is a club that deserves to be aspiring for greater things and I think it doesn’t happen in a day, we have to work hard to make sure we are back to where we belong.
Thomas Partey is finally in London as an Arsenal player!
Ghana international midfielder, who signed on transfer deadline day, flew in on Tuesday morning and had his official photoshoot at London Colney.
Even now, 16 years later, Thomas Partey can remember just how good the Invincibles were in their pomp.
Thomas Partey new midfielder grew up in Ghana watching Arsene Wenger’s famous side of 2003/04, and is excited to follow in their footsteps.
“I feel so great, excited, it is something that makes me feel great, makes me feel important and it is a great feeling to be here,” Partey told Arsenal.com.
“I have followed Arsenal for a long time. When we were young we used to watch so many games, when they had the Invincibles season in 2004, they were so great. That is when they won the hearts of so many people.
“There were a lot of great players [here at the club] before. Ian Wright was here, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Pires, Bergkamp was one of the greatest, and that season was great.”
‘I couldn’t sleep the night before the move!’
When Thomas Partey found out Arsenal had come in for him at the end of the transfer window, his excitement was immediate.
Having grown up in Ghana watching us, now he had a chance to move to the Premier League and experience it first hand – and the Arsenal fans around the world certainly got him in the mood.
“Well, until the last moment I was not aware,” Partey told Arsenal.com. “My agent called me and said it was going to happen, and I was so happy. I could not even sleep that night – it was a great feeling.
“I was so happy, I was excited. I was not even here yet and [the fans] were crazy over me, they wanted me to join the club. I received a lot of messages saying, ‘Join the club or we are not sleeping!’ – it was a great feeling.”
Partey – My message to every Arsenal supporter