‘I couldn’t sleep the night before the move!’

When Thomas Partey found out we 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.

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“Well, until the last moment I was not aware,” Partey told “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.”

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