Partey admits his lack of form but insists Arsenal were ‘unlucky’

Thomas Partey admits that he’s not in the best form at present, but believes his Arsenal side couldn’t have done much more to try an win away at Manchester United.

The Gunners were unlucky not to win the opening half, being pegged back in the dying minutes of the first 45 by Bruno Fernandes, before eventually losing by a 3-2 scoreline.

The result was a little touch to take after the way the match played out, with us actually leading the match for longer than we were behind, and Partey insists that we were just unlucky.

‘I think the team came out to win, we did everything we could, we played well, we created a lot of chances and I think that we were unlucky,’ Partey told Arsenal Media (via the Metro).

‘They scored two goals and then a penalty. The team tried to improve, go forward and look for a goal, for the equaliser, but in the end it’s football, we have to forget about this game, we have to think of our next game, we have to do better and also to win.

‘The team is improving, each and everyone is doing our best.

‘For me, I have to keep on doing my best, keep trying, keep improving, try to come back to my best, because the team needs me, the team needs us.

‘I think we’re improving each day and it’s gonna be good. If we want to be at the top it’s normal that we have to fight, we have to be under control and try to win the games.’

It certainly wasn’t a flawless performance, and there is no complaint about the penalty decision which turned out to be the winning goal, but our ease in giving up possession feels like it cost us in the end, and Partey is one of those who was at fault in that aspect.

I’m not sure why Elneny was even named in the team to make his first start of the season, with both Lokonga and Ainsley Maitland-Niles having put in top performances in their last starts for the team, but hindsight is always a wonderful thing.

Do you feel like United deserved to win? What do you think cost us ultimately?


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  1. If we play 433 in January we need 2 cm + a new striker,

    Fed up with Partey, elneney, odegarrd in midfield,
    Team in January
    Tomi white gab tierney
    New cm. New cm.
    Martinelle new striker saka

  2. Like I said earlier, Arteta didn’t show sentiment in the defensive areas be doing so in the one area that is vital Aubamayang is the reason we can’t go beyond 2 goals per game. Man United where there for the taking and Arteta’s hesitation to make the changes earlier cost us the game. Top 4 was open for the taking and we blew it. This game was begging for Lacazette from the beginning and Arteta’s sentiment could not make him see beyond his nose. He won’t make the top 4 if his decisions are made on sentiments. #ArsenalPlayersLackStaminaFor90Mins

  3. As soon as we scored we sat back and that has to come from the novice Arteta, his tactics, his poor team selection, the defence was left exposed with the hapless Partey and Eleney offering nothing to the game. I really thought we would do it, but when I saw the team line up I knew he had bottled it..again

  4. Not sure what is wrong with Partey, he is a class player who has gone down hill under Arteta, it doesnt help swapping his partners but his form has dropped quite alarmingly. Still better than Xhaka and Elnenny but maybe AMN and Lakonga need to be given a chance to shine together, if his form doesn’t get better. He does look confused at time when he is playing the ball to his team mates.

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