Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed that 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 midfielder before landing the 27-year-old on a deal worth £ 45 million.
Arsenal have complied with their release clause, with Atletico Madrid surprised by his departure on the last day of the window.
Partey immediately made his presence felt in North London, making comparisons with Patrick Vieira, in his first month in the Premier League.
And Adebayor, who spent three years in the Emirates, admitted talking to the Ghanaian prior to his move to the English top flight.
“He told me that some clubs in England like 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 had the opportunity to play there and I think it will be good for his development.
“Arsenal are more than a club, they are a family and I am impressed with their performances so far in the Premier League.”
The striker’s intervention shows a huge change of opinion, having claimed he still has hatred for his old club, following his controversial move to Manchester City.
Adebayor joined City in 2009, ahead of his infamous celebration against the Gunners following a goal at Etihad.
Where will Arsenal end up in the Premier League this season? Have your say below
He was fined £ 25,000 for the incident but suggested 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 no longer saw my future at Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports in 2018.
“So I had no choice but to join Man City, which I was very happy to join.
“And the next day, when I arrived at Manchester City, I saw him give a press conference in London saying I wanted to leave because there was a lot of money and everything and that is where the hatred for Arsenal came from. “.
* Sign up for the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer rumors.