Thomas Partey rates his performance in Manchester United stalemate

Thomas Partey of Arsenal takes on Scott McTominay of Man Utd during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Partey wasn’t at his best (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Partey admitted he didn’t have his ‘best game’ against Manchester United but was delighted that Arsenal extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League.

Partey completed 90 minutes for the first time since November after an injury-hit spell for the Gunners but wasn’t at the peak of his powers in the 0-0 draw.

He made several sloppy passes during the game and he confessed he wasn’t satisfied with his performance.

‘Not my best game,’ he posted on Instagram. ‘But I’m happy to make 90 minutes and also continue with our Premier League unbeaten run.’

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches and have climbed back into the top half of the table – albeit having played more games than those around them.

While Partey – who arrived from Atletico Madrid this summer – wasn’t at his best, he has earned admiring glances during his brief time at Arsenal.

Thomas Partey of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Partey helped Arsenal remain unbeaten (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane is convinced he will be a ‘big player’ for the Gunners.

‘He came in on transfer deadline day, so he never got quite up to speed, so it wasn’t a surprise that he got injured,’ Keane told Sky Sports.

‘He’s going to be a big player for Arsenal over the next few years. His track record… he’s used to playing in the biggest games, we know the important role in the middle of the park for Arsenal, they’ve lacked the physical presence.

‘I’ve got no doubt that if he stays fit – which we’ll probably see more of next season – then he’ll be a big player for Arsenal.’

Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool defender, agreed.

‘I’ve been really impressed with him, I think everyone has,’ added Caragher.

‘I think off the back of that performance (against Manchester United away), Arsenal supporters and even the manager, looked like they had a real midfielder.’

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