After going 40 games in all competitions, the former Atletico Madrid midfielder scored his first goal in Arsenal’s shirt on Friday, October 22 and he has expressed his joy at netting his first goal.
“The team was frustrated and we wanted a win. That was the mentality we brought to this game and we were able to get our result. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I think it was the right moment to have it and I’m very happy. “The team performed very good. We have to do this every weekend and every game and with this, we can achieve beautiful things. “They (fans) deserve it. they have been supporting us when we have been down and when things have gone bad. This win is for them and I hope they enjoy it.” Thomas Partey.
The Gunners mauled Aston Villa 3-1 at the Emirates in match week 9 with Thomas Partey, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith-Rowe registering their names on the score sheet. Thomas Partey, 28, headed home a well taken Emile Smith Rowe’s corner kick for Arsenal opener on the 23rd minute. Arsenal’s quest for three points was inspired by Gabon striker, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty. The former Borussia Dortmund forward had his first attempt stopped by Villa goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez but he scored from the rebound to extend their lead just before half time.
Mikel Arteta would further heave a sigh of relief when winger, Emile Smith-Rowe increased the tally to three goals on the 56th minute. The visitors however reduced the deficit from substitute striker, Jacob Ramsey on the 82nd minute mark but it was little too late to save the day for Villa. Arsenal will move into 9th on the log with 14 points after the victory against Aston Villa.
The goal is a morale booster for Thomas Partey as the Black Stars of Ghana have a date with Ethiopia away in the penultimate qualifier on November 17 before the final game against South Africa at home a week later. Partey scored on both legs when Ghana defeated Zimbabwe in the double header win at the Cape Coast Stadium and the return fixture at the National Stadium in Harare. He scored the second goal in Ghana’s 3-1 win of the Warriors in Cape Coast before sweeping in a sweet free kick to give Ghana the only goal and his 12th international career goal. Ghana are second in Group G with nine points, one behind leaders, South Africa.
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