“Thomas Partey gave us presence and stability” – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta eulogizes Ghana star after Everton win

Published on: 02 March 2023

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has showered praises on Ghana star Thomas Partey for his outstanding performance against Everton in the English Premier League on Wednesday.

The Black Stars midfielder made a substitute appearance to help the Gunners secure victory over the Toffees at the Emirate Stadium.

Partey was introduced in the 46th minute mark, replacing Jorginho as Arsenal inflicted an emphatic 4-0 home win against Everton.

"I’m really happy. It was a game that we had in hand against an opponent that we knew was going to make life really difficult for us and we expected that at Goodison. We started the game with some frustration and not really understanding what we had to do, allowing them to run in certain transitions, but after 25 minutes I think we start to get much better and the timing of the two goals was key," said Arteta after the game.

"We needed a magic moment there and Alex and Bukayo produced that, and then I think the team grew, especially with Thomas because Jorginho wasn’t feeling good today. When he came on he really gave us some presence and stability to the team and I think the second half was superb," he added.

Partey was making just his second appearance after being sidelined for two weeks in February due to injury.