Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed he urged Thomas Partey to snub Manchester United – and advised him to join the Gunners “family”.
Mikel Arteta spent much of the summer chasing a midfield signing, before landing the 27-year-old in a deal worth £45million.
Arsenal met his release clause, with Atletico Madrid left surprised by his departure on the final day of the window.
Partey has immediately made his presence felt in north London, drawing comparisons with Patrick Vieira, in his first month in the Premier League.
And Adebayor, who spent three years at the Emirates, has admitted that he spoke to the Ghanaian before his move to England’s top flight.
“He told me that some clubs in England namely Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and others have shown interest in him and he needs advice,” Adebayor said at an event in Ghana, seen on Youtube.
“I advised him to go to Arsenal because I have had the opportunity to play there and I think it will be good for his development.
“Arsenal is more than a club, it is a family and I’m impressed with his performances so far in the Premier League.”
The striker’s intervention shows a huge change in opinion, after claiming he still had a hate for his old club, after his controversial move to Manchester City.
Adebayor joined City in 2009, before his infamous celebration against the Gunners following a goal at the Etihad.
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He was fined £25,000 for the incident, but suggested that Arsene Wenger’s antics had forced his hand.
“I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger in his office when he told me I had to leave because he didn’t see my future anymore in Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports in 2018.
“So I didn’t have any other choice than joining Man City, who I was very happy to join.
“And the next day when I joined Manchester City I saw him doing a press conference in London saying that I wanted to leave because the money was big and everything and since that day that is where the hate for Arsenal came from.”
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