ARSENAL’S former Head of International Scouting believes Thomas Partey’s arrival will flip the Gunners into title contenders.
Mikel Arteta was chasing the defensive midfielder all through the summer season and at last managed to land him for £45million on deadline day.
Thomas Partey has turned Arsenal into title contenders[/caption]
And Francis Cagigao, who found former star Cesc Fabregas earlier than leaving his scouting position at Arsenal after 24 years this summer season, believes Arteta has the ultimate jigsaw in his puzzle.
Talking to the Every day Mail, he stated: “He’s a participant that we pursued for a very long time and strongly beneficial over the previous couple of years.
“I first watched him about six years in the past taking part in for Almeria on mortgage from Atletico Madrid and he was extra box-to-box, attacking even
“I believe we are going to see him with the shackles off as a result of he did very a lot play in a constricted midfield unit [at Atletico].
“He might be the ultimate piece of the jigsaw that makes Arsenal problem for the title.”
Arteta, 38, dropped no hints as as to whether he’ll begin Partey in opposition to Manchester Metropolis on Saturday.
However the Spaniard revealed he has began coaching with the squad and his arrival has proved a significant increase to his squad.
Francis Cagigao believes Arsenal have signed an actual gem[/caption]
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He stated: “He was right here simply yesterday getting conversant in every part across the membership.
“At the moment he can have his first coaching session so every part has to come back actually rapidly for him.
“We knew that earlier than we signed him however he’s match and really keen to begin taking part in and we are going to see how he goes within the subsequent few days.
“I’ve seen the thrill across the place I believe the followers are actually joyful. I’ve seen some actually optimistic reactions after we purchased him, the identical with the staff, the squad and the workers.
“He’s a participant we had the radar on for a very long time and we have now managed to deliver him in and it’s going to be a extremely necessary addition to the staff.”