Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted he was tempted to hand new signing Thomas Partey his debut against Manchester City but opted to put him on the bench instead.

Partey completed a late £45m switch from Atletico Madrid on deadline day but he has not spent much time training with his new team-mates, having jetted off on international duty after signing.

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes in two international friendlies for Ghana and Arteta admitted he has only had "a day-and-a-half of training" ahead of the City fixture.

When asked about Partey ahead of the game, Arteta said: "Obviously we were tempted [to start him] but he had a day-and a half of training, a lot of new things, he’s establishing [himself] here.

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was named on the bench for the Gunners' clash with Manchester City after completing a deadline day move from Atletico Madrid

"We need to be a little bit patient and respect some timings."

Fellow Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka hailed Partey's quality in a recent interview with Sky Sports, saying: "He played at the Emirates two years ago in the Europa League semi-final when we lost against them.

"He is a great player. If not, then Arsenal don't buy him - so simple.

Mikel Arteta said the decision for Partey not to start the game was a result of a lack of time to train with the squad

"He has the quality to bring us one step forward. He is very, very good in the duels, his passing is very good.

"He played in Atletico Madrid a different type of football so he can help the team and I am more than happy we have a player like him.

"I am more than happy if we can play with each other and meet each other and start to learn each other a lot of things."

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Xhaka also praised Arteta's impact on his own career, adding: "Mikel explained to me how important I was to the team.

"Until this day the words he gave me was exactly what I wanted to hear and for me it was very important to show I will give everything for the club and the fans.

"I'm sure we're going back in the Champions League next season."