Arsenal drew 1-1 with Slavia Prague last night as the Gunners blew their chance to head to the Czech Republic with a lead intact for the return leg.
Nicolas Pepe had looked to have won the game for Mikel Arteta’s team with an 86h-minute strike.
The visitors had other ideas though and some more lapse defending by the Gunners allowed Tomas Holes to pounce for an equaliser in the third minute of added time.
It gives Prague a vital away goal and Arsenal go into next week’s game knowing they will need to score at least once.
One man who came under fire for his performance last night is midfielder Thomas Partey.
The £250,000-a-week player hasn’t proved to be the stellar recruit he was billed as and struggled again last night.
Partey checked in from Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window and had been sought by the Gunners for months.
Injuries have robbed him of any real consistency and it’s fair to say Arsenal fans are worried about his current form,
Here is what they had to say about the man with 28 Ghana caps to his name.
Thomas Partey having a night where, for a player of 27, he looks surprisingly raw.
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) April 8, 2021
If Xhaka had played as badly as Partey tonight there’d be fans baying for blood on here.
— Nic English (@nicwenglish) April 8, 2021
Thomas Partey needs to come out of that slump, fast. Forget Arsenal even, Ghana needs him to purr real quick. Qualifiers coming. AFCON too.
Issue is he doesn't have the quality around him to jump his engine. Worrisome.
— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) April 8, 2021
Partey reminds me of Ozil, class player joins a dead team, inevitably his standards drop and ends up getting disrespected.
— Karabo_afc🇿🇦 (@_kaysway_) April 8, 2021
Why wait so long to make changes, look how we’ve improved in the final third since Martinelli, Auba & Pepe have come on!!
Partey was shocking as well
— The People’s Champ 💯🤟🏽 (@TroopzAFC) April 8, 2021
Nah I love Partey but he’s been poor for weeks
— A flick frøm Ramsey 🇬🇭 (@A_RamseyFC) April 9, 2021
Partey ..looks unfit..gives'the ball away …losing tackles..what have we bought ..45 million..
— Chris Hudson (@Ch1Hudson) April 9, 2021
Partey’s passing hasn’t been good enough recently man, we have to hold him accountable
— ً🇵🇹 (@visionarydou) April 9, 2021