Thomas Partey has explained why he prefers to have his first name rather than his surname on the back of his shirt.
The 27-year-old joined Arsenal on transfer deadline day (October 5) after the Gunners triggered his £45 million release clause from Atletico Madrid.
He was officially unveiled as an Arsenal player on Monday, October 12, 2020. His unveiling was delayed for about a week, due to the international break, as the midfielder had to travel to Turkey immediately after signing his Arsenal contract, to play for Ghana in two international friendly games.
In his first press conference as an Arsenal player, the midfielder revealed why ‘Thomas’ rather than ‘Partey’ will be on the back of his Arsenal shirt.
“Yeah! I’ve seen that there are Partey’s everywhere and even the photographer asked me why I don’t use Partey on my shirt and I said it’s because I started with Thomas and people are familiar with Thomas, so I need to go with Thomas,” he explained.
Partey has used his first name on shirts throughout his professional career, having also opted for it during his time at Atletico Madrid as well as loan spells at Mallorca and Almeria.
However, he is not the only player in the Premier league who has taken this approach. The likes of Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), and Dele Alli (Tottenham) have opted to have their first names – ‘Kun Aguero’, ‘Virgil’ and ‘Dele’, respectively, on the back of their shirts.
Here’s Thomas Partey’s first press conference as an Arsenal player:
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