Arsenal star hailed as signing of the summer after Man United display

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It's been a mixed start to the season for Arsenal.

Four wins from seven in the Premier League has left the Gunners in mid-table leaving plenty of room for improvement in the coming weeks.

Thankfully for them things are looking up.

A 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend ended a 14-year winless run at the Theatre Of Dreams.

Now the hope is that Mikel Arteta's side can push towards the top end of the table.

Whether Arsenal can do that or not could depend on how quickly the summer signings settle into life in north London.

The likes of Willian and Gabriel have been part of the set-up since early in the transfer window, meaning that they've had longer to settle than others.

Players such as Thomas Partey, however, are just starting to get going.

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Partey was a key player in the victory over Man United at the weekend and according to Paul Merson, the former Atletico Madrid man is a contender to be signing of the season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: "It was a good away performance, it wasn't great.

"I wouldn't get carried away and say 'Oh my God it's a turning point'.

"They beat a terribly, terribly poor Manchester United team on the day. They've done a job, we've seen them lose those games over the last five or six years.

"But I think Partey's a massive, massive difference. I mean, what a signing.

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"When you talk about signings in the summer, he's got to be number one. I cannot believe, without being horrible here, that Arsenal got him.

"I don't mean that in a horrible way, they're all crying out for it - I know Manchester United are top-heavy and they've got Fred, (Scott) McTominay and (Nemanja) Matic, but they haven't got a Partey.

"Manchester City too, Fernandinho's coming towards the end, Rodri hasn't really pulled up any trees. You're thinking 'Wow, who didn't see this?'

"When you're talking about holding midfield players and you want discipline, there's no better place for discipline than Atletico Madrid.

"They play the ultimate disciplined way. They can go away and shut up shop, then other days they can go and attack teams. He's a massive part of that."

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Thomas Partey could be a huge addition for Arsenal this term.

While he's still getting himself up to speed in north London we've already seen glimpses of what he can offer Mikel Arteta's side.

Signing him was something of a coup and I'm inclined to agree with Paul Merson that it's a surprise that more clubs weren't interested.

Supporters will be hoping that he can help the club kick on this term, as they'll need to be challenging for the top four if they want to keep a player as talented as him.

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