Garth Crooks raved about Thomas Partey for his performance during Sunday’s 3-0 win for Arsenal against Sheffield United, naming the midfielder in his BBC Sport Team of the Week.
Partey featured as the Gunners moved up to ninth in the Premier League with a resounding win over the division’s bottom-placed outfit.
The Ghanaian enforcer has struggled to stay fit during the current campaign and it’s hardly been a vintage maiden season in the top-flight.
Partey signed for the Gunners for £45 million from Atletico Madrid in the summer, ending a long pursuit by boss Mikel Arteta.
Despite struggling to make a major impact during 2020/21, he did impress on Sunday, with Crooks particularly impressed with the maestro.
He told BBC Sport: “It was refreshing to see Arsenal take the lead in a game and not throw it away, although there was a moment against Sheffield United when they looked like they might.
“In the end, it was a comfortable victory over the Blades. Thomas Partey played a significant role in the Gunners’ performance.
“The Ghana international has promised a lot since his arrival at Emirates Stadium but suffered from niggling injuries which have interrupted his progress.
“His ball for Alexandre Lacazette’s second goal showed the player’s class. He’s not as reckless as Granit Xhaka and he’s much better on the ball.”
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His injury concerns have robbed the 27-year-old of making a bigger impact during his first season at Arsenal.
The Gunners forked out for Partey and they’ll hope he can produce the goods on a more frequent basis going forward.
Partey collects £250,000-a-week at Arsenal and it’s not harsh to say that more was expected of him by supporters.
Next season could be a big one for Partey as he bids to show the club’s supporters exactly what he’s all about.
He was impressive at the weekend, however, and finishing the season with a flourish would do him no harm at all.