MIKEL ARTETA is looking to make Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Thomas Partey his first big-money signing as Arsenal manager, according to reports.
The Ghana international has a £42million release clause in his contract with his current deal expiring in 2023.
Arteta sees Partey as the ideal man to protect his back four as he plots to add some steel to his squad.
The 26-year-old was sensational in the 1-0 Champions League win over Liverpool, dictating the play and quelling any attacks from the Red's phenomenal front three.
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