Runar Alex Runarsson has pointed to the signing of Thomas Partey as evidence that Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Arsenal left it until the final day of the international window to sign the impressive Atletico Madrid star in a £45million deal.
Partey established himself as a key man under Diego Simeone at Atletico, who did not want the midfielder to leave.
The 27-year-old had also been linked with Chelsea and Juventus, but it was Mikel Arteta who landed his top target.
However, Partey senior’s woe is in stark contrast to the mood at Arsenal.
The deal has been heralded as something of a game-changer for the Gunners. One Tottenham old boy even labelled him the ‘next Patrick Vieira’.
And now fellow new boy, Runarsson – a £1.5m signing from Dijon – is tipping Thomas to help Arsenal win the title.
“I was so excited because it shows everybody the ambition that the club has,” he told Goal. “We want to go back to compete for the Premier League and Champions League,” he said.
“We want to take part in all the major competitions, and not just take part but win. To sign Thomas, it just shows the world what we are all about.”
Runarsson signals Arsenal ambitions
Runarsson will play back-up to Bernd Leno at Arsenal after replacing Emiliano Martinez, who moved to Aston Villa.
But the form of Martinez last season caught Runarsson’s eye and he says he will be looking to replicate the Argentine’s success.
“I read an interview with him a couple of days ago. He said he came in as the ninth-choice goalkeeper, but he worked his a*se off to become the first-choice at Arsenal after Leno’s injury,” Runarsson added.
“Then, he makes a brilliant move to Aston Villa for £20m. That should inspire everyone, not just me.
“That’s my plan: to work my a*se off, enjoy every minute of it and get as many games as possible.”