Thomas Partey responds after Arsenal fan criticises his shooting in West Ham draw

Thomas Partey passes the ball during Arsenal's Premier League clash with West Ham
Thomas Partey is still yet to open his account for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

It’s fair to say Thomas Partey left his shooting boots at home as Arsenal came from 3-0 down to draw with West Ham – but he had the perfect response to one fan criticising his wayward attempts at goal after Sunday’s thriller at the London Stadium.

Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek all struck in the opening 32 minutes to give the Hammers an imperious three-goal advantage over Mikel Arteta’s men in the derby.

But a pair of own goals from Soucek and Craig Dawson gave Arsenal hope of completing an incredible before Alexandre Lacazette levelled for the visitors with a 82nd-minute header past ex-Gunner Lukasz Fabianski.

Alexandre Lacazette equalises for Arsenal against West Ham
Lacazette equalised for Arsenal in the 82nd minute (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal came up short in search of a winner and Partey – who is still yet to open his account for the club since arriving from Atletico Madrid – was, not for the first time, guilty of missing the target with speculative potshots from range.

It’s become something of a running joke among Arsenal supporters in recent matches and many took to the midfielder’s Instagram page to voice their concerns in the wake of this weekend’s breathless Premier League clash.

‘Please stop shooting from miles away still love you tho,’ one supporter said with two crying laughing emojis in response to Partey’s post.

The Ghanaian, seemingly unfazed by such criticism, replied: ‘I will definitely dedicate one to you soon.’

Thomas Partey responds to Arsenal fan on Instagram
Partey said he would dedicate his next long-range strike to the Arsenal fan (Picture: Instagram)

Arsenal moved up to ninth in the table thanks to Lacazette’s late equaliser but Arteta admitted his side’s ‘unacceptable’ first-half display was enough to give him ‘nightmares’.

‘This game is going to give me a few nightmares because it is really difficult to stop some of the things we have been doing to hurt ourselves,’ the Spaniard said.

‘It’s hard to explain, we knew the game we would face against West Ham, they can create problems for any team.

‘The first goal is something they do really well – the second and third goal, and the chance that we conceded at the end, is unacceptable.’

On Arsenal’s comeback, Arteta added: ‘That is the level we can show, the other is top level and probably the best we play all season.

‘We could have scored six or seven goals and won the game, but we cannot have two faces.’

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