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'Guilty': BBC pundit criticises Arsenal player for constantly losing the ball at the World Cup today

'Guilty': BBC pundit criticises Arsenal player for constantly losing the ball at the World Cup today

Arsenal’s Thomas Partey found himself on the winning team today, as Ghana just edged out South Korea in a stunning 3-2 game in Qatar.

Mohammed Kudus was the star of the show for Ghana, while Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu also got himself on the scoresheet. Salisu is just one of a number of well-known Premier League based players doing their thing with Ghana in the World Cup. Of course, the biggest name of all is probably Thomas Partey.

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However, while Partey might be the star attraction for Ghana and key for Arsenal, he wasn’t quite at the races for parts of the game v Korea. And watching on for the BBC, Dion Dublin felt the Arsenal man’s passing was way off at times.

“There’s been a few mistakes like that from the centre of the Ghanian midfield. Thomas Partey has been guilty of it [giving the ball away] as well,” Dublin said on comms for the BBC.

Partey was indeed sloppy with the ball at times for Ghana. It meant that, at times, his team relinquished possession too easily and that helped South Korea back into the game.

TBR’s View: Ghana need the Partey of Arsenal to succeed in Qatar

There can be a big difference in playing for your club and country but to do well, Ghana do need Thomas Partey to be at his very best.

We’ve all seen how good he can be with Arsenal. When he doesn’t play, the Gunners are a different team altogether and he really does make them tick.

For Ghana, they need to see this side of Thomas Partey. If he can produce like he does with the Gunners, then there is a high chance Ghana can go deep in this tournament. However, if he keeps giving the ball away like he did today at times, then the African nation will be going home pretty quickly.

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