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Partey - Why Arsenal is the best place for me

Thomas Partey has only been with us since the start of the month, but he's convinced that Arsenal is the perfect place for him. 

Our Ghanaian midfielder joined us from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, before going on to make his Gunners debut at Rapid Vienna last Thursday.

Partey would go on to earn his first Premier League start against Leicester City at the weekend, and it was an emotional moment for the boyhood Arsenal fan.

"I could not believe it [when I found out I was starting]," he said. "I was a bit nervous but I always get these nerves when I play most of my game, so I was like, 'OK, let me keep it cool and I'll be fine'. 

"Then when we started the game I thought we had control of the ball and so many chances, and we were unlucky. It's part of football and we have to keep working, we have to keep working hard because we have a great team of great players. I think we're going to be successful. 

"I think I'm in the team that I'm looking forward to playing for. They have everything, a good manager, good players, the right mentality and the way they play is very good. It's the best place for me."

A mouthwatering clash with Manchester United await for Partey on Sunday, and the 27-year-old is relishing the challenge at Old Trafford.

"Manchester United are a great team with great players and important players," he said. "If we do our work well, if we go in and fight for points, if we put a lot of pressure on them, we'll be able to win."

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