Arsenal transfer guru Edu signed ‘new Wilfried Zaha’ after deadline day Thomas Partey deal

Arsenal added two academy stars to their squad earlier this week after the dramatic signing of Thomas Partey on transfer deadline day. Joel Ideho and Nikolaj Moller were announced as new recruits for the Gunners on Tuesday.

Both will join the academy for the Arsenal and are seen as hot prospects for the future.

Ideho left Ajax just months after joining them for the Gunners.

He left the Dutch giants after their reluctance to offer him professional terms and Arsenal beat Hertha Berlin to his signature.

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“Arsenal had a strong and better plan for me than the other clubs and I personally think I will develop better at Arsenal than the other clubs,” Ideho told All Nigeria Soccer.

The 17-year-old also compared himself to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

He added: “I would say that my game is inspired by Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace because he’s a creative player with fast pace.

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“My strengths would be my pace and my actions one-v-one.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arteta has backed new signing Partey to be a big success at the Emirates.

“We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it,” he said on Arsenal’s club website.

“We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.

“I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short.

“I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.”

Arsenal return to action after the international break when they take on Manchester City in the Premier League.

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