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7 ball recoveries, 7 duels won: One Arsenal player was absolutely incredible last night

Thomas Partey stats vs Aston Villa – Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arsenal were absolutely outstanding against Aston Villa in the Premier League last night and Thomas Partey would’ve enjoyed the win a bit more than all of his teammates.

The Ghanaian has been desperate to score his first goal for Arsenal. He attempted plenty of powerful long shots since his arrival, but ironically, his debut strike for the club came from a gentle header off a corner.

Partey is finally off the mark in Arsenal’s colours. Injuries have been really cruel on him since his arrival, but he looks fitter than ever now, and his performance last night was absolutely incredible.

Here’s a look at the Ghanaian’s numbers against Aston Villa…

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Thomas Partey stats vs Aston Villa

In his 90 minutes on the pitch, Partey had 75 touches of the ball, made seven ball recoveries, three tackles and won seven duels, three of which were in the air.

He also had four touches of the ball in Aston Villa’s box, had three shots at goal and finally broke his Arsenal duck from an Emile Smith Rowe corner. (Squawka)

Every Arsenal player impressed the fans last night but Partey was definitely among the best on the pitch. He dominated the game from start to finish, but there’s still a lot more to come from the Ghanaian in the coming weeks and months.

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Partey-Lokonga pivot

One of the biggest reasons why Arsenal struggled against Crystal Palace on Monday was the formation. Partey was the lone man in central midfield, which allowed the Eagles to breeze past him and hurt the Gunners.

Villa would’ve loved to win the midfield battle yesterday, but Partey had Albert Sambi Lokonga alongside him. The double-pivot gave the visitors absolutely no chance to dictate the play, especially in the first half.

With Granit Xhaka not expected to return from his injury for another few months, a Partey-Lokonga pivot seems like Arteta’s best option. It will be interesting to see if he keeps the two midfielders together in the coming weeks.

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