Ibraham Sangare’s agent has revealed that Arsenal had detailed notes of analysis on his client before completing the signing of Thomas Partey.
The Gunners bought Partey in the summer window of 2020, with the Ghana international arriving at the Emirates Stadium for around £45million on transfer deadline day.
It has been a stop-start time for the 28-year-old since moving to north London, with injuries taking their toll on the powerful midfielder.
However, in recent weeks, Partey has been impressive under Mikel Arteta and is really beginning to show his class in the centre of the pitch, but it could have all been so different.
According to Sangare’s agent, Arsenal had 300 pages of analysis and data relating to the PSV Eindhoven midfielder, who is valued at £9m on football database Transfermarkt.
“At Toulouse, he was on the radar of a lot of clubs,” Musampa told De Telegraaf.
“They come naturally. I got an invitation from Arsenal. There they had 300 pages of analysis and data of his game. Thomas Partey, however, was the first choice.
“I thought he would choose the Premier League. But he also liked PSV. He asked, ‘Dad, what should I choose?’
“He wanted to play football and not go to the Premier League at all costs. PSV always plays in the top and plays in the Champions League or Europa League. He can always make the step.”
But as mentioned above, Arsenal went with Partey – and supporters will be more than satisfied with the club’s choice in that regard.
Speaking to the press after the Gunners’ 1-0 win away at Burnley last month, Arteta heaped praise on the Ghanaian and spoke about his role in the team.
“He’s really important because he is the anchor and he is the one that needs to read what is happening and make the rest better,” the Arsenal boss said.
“That’s his biggest job, to get the right balance in the team and get the right fluidity in the team so we can attack. How he managed the transitions was top, he has the pressing and the charisma and then he struggled at the end.
“He could not finish the game because he was cramping. But that will come up. He missed a long time but now he’s back again and he needs some more fitness back.”
Partey is currently on international duty with Ghana and the Arsenal midfielder scored a rare goal in his country’s 3-1 win against Zimbabwe on Saturday in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
Source by Football London