By Adrian Kajumba For Mailonline
Published: 11:16 BST, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 11:25 BST, 15 October 2020
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
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