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Redknapp snubs Thomas Partey and Willian when choosing Arsenal’s ‘best signing’

Jamie Redknapp has decided to snub Willian and Thomas Partey and pick another player after choosing Arsenal's best transfer of the summer.

With the transfer market now closed and the dust settling, the Gunners have emerged brilliantly.

It has by no means been perfect, with moves for Houssem Aouar and Philippe Coutinho failing.

But Mikel Arteta got his three main targets – a winger, a defensive midfielder and a left-footed centre-back.

Willian joined from Chelsea for free, Partey signed on deadline day and Gabriel Magalhaes made the move from Lille earlier in the window.

However, Redknapp believes the best bit of business Arsenal did was way back in December last year.

Instead, former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder named Arteta, telling Sky Sports: “Their best signing has been their manager.

"There were some players there that I thought weren’t good enough – not just for Arsenal – but for the Premier League.

"He’s turned them into really good players, they’re playing in the right way, they’ve got a system that really works for them.

"I’ve been really surprised by how well he’s done, Mikel Arteta, he looks like the real deal and I like the way they play.

"Adding players in like Partey will add a bit more solidity in an area where they’ve struggled in recent years.”

Partey had been Arteta's top target throughout the summer and he was delighted to finally land the Ghana international.

After a whirlwind 24 hours, Arsenal forked out the 27-year-old release clause and announced his arrival just after the deadline.

Arteta said: “We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad.

"He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy.

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"He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years.

"We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game.

"He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”

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