Ghanaian player, Thomas Teye Partey, has revealed that he could not sleep on the night before his move to Premier League club Arsenal.
The 27-year old Ghanaian midfielder joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day.
Arsenal triggered Partey’s €50 million buyout clause before landing the player.
According to him, his excitement was immediate after he found out that the Gunners had activated his release clause.
“Until the last moment I was not aware. 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,” he told Arsenal.com.
He indicated that he was so happy and excited about the way Arsenal fans were sending him messages on his social media handles entreating him to join the London club.
“I received a lot of messages saying join the club or we are not sleeping,” Partey said.
He added that “when we were young, we used to watch so many games, when they had the invincible season in 2004, they were so great. That is when they won the hearts of so many people.’
Though determined to take the club back to the summit of the game, he admits that will not happen overnight.
“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,” he said.
The Black Stars deputy captain will wear the number 18 shirt.
Partey spent eight years at Atletico Madrid having joined them as a teenager in 2012.
He won the Europa League, Uefa Super Cup, and played in the 2016 Champions League final with Atletico.
Story by: Princeton Kwabena Wiredu | universnewsroom.com