Mikel Arteta has voiced his surprise at how well our new signings have adapted and got off the mark so quickly.
Gabriel, signed from Lille, was given his first start only few days after joining up with the club. The Brazilian defender has not looked back since then, bagging a debut goal and making himself a main stay at the back.
Thomas Partey came with so much hype and his his performances have not been disappointing. He was great against Manchester United, a performance that left fans comparing him to club legend, Patrick Vieira already.
Mikel Arteta made these known in the matchday programme.
“I’m really pleased with the way our new players have settled so quickly,” he wrote in the official matchday programme ahead of the Europa League clash with Molde.
“They play with a lot of maturity and look like they’ve been here much longer than they have. Don’t forget Thomas and Gabriel are completely new to this league.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect this level from them so soon because I know how tough this league is – you cannot compare it to any other league in the world.”
The boss lauded the thoroughness of Arsenal’s recruitment process.
“We try to pick certain characteristics in the profile of players that we want to find for our club,” he explained, “then we want to minimise the risk by looking and looking and making sure that they can contribute to what we’re trying to do.
“I know that there are still some connections and units where they don’t have that flow, because they haven’t played much together. I can see that. But also I can see the spirit we are creating and the personality that they are showing on the pitch.”