The former head of scouting at Arsenal Francis Cagigao, who was laid off by the club in August, said Partey has more to offer at Arsenal.

Francis Cagigao, most famous for scouting rough gems like Hector Bellerin and Cesc Fabregas told Football London that Partey played in the Spanish capital with a “handbrake on.”

Diego Simeone’s side usually play in a low block which does not offer the midfielders a great sense of freedom. The team is organized as a cohesive unit in their own half, which comes at the cost of creativity of the midfielders.

The way how Mikel Arteta and Diego Simeone set up their teams is obviously a world apart. Reports said that one of the main reasons why the Ghanian wanted to leave Los Rojiblancos was because he believed he had much more to offer in different aspects on the pitch.

In an interview with Chris Wheatley of Football.London, Cagigao said: “It’s in the public domain that he [Partey] is a player we’ve looked at for a very long time and a player we recommended very strongly in the past and recent past.

Cagigao has unearthed the likes of Martinelli and Fabregas but was made redundant in August by Arsenal.

“He’ll bring qualities to the side that are possibly lacking in that position. He’ll certainly bring more cover and protection in areas where the team possibly needs it.

“I would also say that he’s a player who has possibly a lot more to offer than what we’ve already seen of him.

“He had a little bit of a restricted role at his previous club. He sometimes played with the handbrake on, to use one of Arsene’s expressions, and I think that he’s going to be a very, very good addition to what is already an immensely strong squad.”