sport news Mikel Arteta admits he feared Arsenal wouldn't be able to sign Thomas Partey

'It was a challenge to do it in 24 hours but I'm really happy we managed it': Mikel Arteta delighted with deadline day capture of Thomas Partey as Arsenal boss feared they'd miss out on midfielder ahead of window shutting Arsenal signed midfielder Thomas Partey for £45million on transfer deadline day The Gunners paid the 27-year-old's buyout clause in his Atletico Madrid contract Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits he feared the deal wouldn't be completed 

By Adrian Kajumba For Mailonline

Published: 11:16 BST, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 11:25 BST, 15 October 2020

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Mikel Arteta admitted he feared Arsenal would run out of time to land Thomas Partey on deadline day.

The Gunners left their most eye-catching summer signing until last when they swooped for midfielder Partey, 27, in a deal that was announced at the death on the final day of the window.

Arsenal outwitted Atletico Madrid by agreeing to pay Partey's £45million buyout clause and secure their main transfer target.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (left) has admitted he feared they wouldn't sign Thomas Partey

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (left) has admitted he feared they wouldn't sign Thomas Partey

Partey joined in a £45million transfer from Atletico Madrid after Arsenal paid his buyout clause

Partey joined in a £45million transfer from Atletico Madrid after Arsenal paid his buyout clause

Asked if he had any doubts about getting the deal over the line, Arteta smiled: 'Yes! Because when it is up to the last minute it is always a risk.

'A lot of things had to happen at the same time

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