Arsenal technical director Edu reportedly overruled Mikel Arteta in signing Thomas Partey ahead of Houssem Aouar this summer. Arsenal completed a deal to sign Partey from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day. After months of speculation, the Gunners pulled the trigger and paid Partey’s £45million release clause.
Arsenal were also heavily linked with a move for Lyon star Aouar.
Aouar is a more creative midfielder to Partey and could have helped the Gunners’ struggles in front of goal which have been apparent this season.
Reports claimed the 22-year-old was Arteta’s priority target in the closing weeks of the window.
However, Arsenal saw at least one offer for the Lyon star rejected and then turned their attention to Partey.
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Following Partey’s arrival, Edu revealed that the 27-year-old was a player he proposed to Arteta several months ago.
But it is now claimed Arteta would have preferred the money to have been spent on Aouar.
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French outlet L’Equipe says the decision to sign Partey proves Edu’s opinion on who to sign “obviously had more weight” than Arteta’s.
Partey made his first Premier League start in Sunday’s disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Leicester City.
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A late Jamie Vardy goal condemned Arteta’s side to their third defeat in six league matches.
Arsenal struggled to create anything of note in the second half, something Arteta put down to tiredness.
But he admits a lack of creativity is something his side are struggling with currently.
“I think fatigue had a say as well,” Arteta saud.
“We didn’t look as sharp on the ball. We didn’t have as much purpose on the ball to create.
“Obviously, David [Luiz] was giving us something different when we had to attack the low block with his ability to attack the line and provoke, always threatening in behind. We lacked that a little bit in the second half.
“Still, credit to them, they are really organised when they do that.
“It is really difficult to create the chances. We created a really good one with Hector [Bellerin] again and we didn’t convert.
“That’s the difference at the end, in the box, what we are able to do. Certainly, it’s an aspect that we have to improve.”
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