Aubameyang claims Partey ‘locked down’ three Man Utd players in Arsenal win


Aubameyang has been impressed with the way Thomas Partey has settled into life at the Emirates both on and off the pitch and claims he successfully ‘locked down’ Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay in their win over Manchester United.

Partey was outstanding as the Gunners travelled to Old Trafford last week and his performance earned rave reviews from fans, pundits and team-mates alike.

Aubameyang, who scored the only goal of the match in the 69th minute, discussed the win in the club’s matchday programme ahead of Arsenal’s game with Molde – and praised Partey for the transition he’s made into the team.

‘It was a great performance from the whole team and it was great to see Thomas Partey play like that even though he’s not been here long,’ Aubameyang said.

‘Off the pitch he’s a really humble guy and you can see that on the pitch as well because he really gives everything in the game.

‘He is really simple and quiet, so humble, and we all really like him. ‘He’s really funny too – sometimes he’ll do some jokes and we won’t be expecting it. So he’s settled in really quickly.

‘On the pitch his strengths are his energy and the way he can stop counter-attacks and dangerous situations. That’s really important for us.’

Pogba, Fred and McTominay all struggled in the game as Partey dictated play in midfield at the Theatre of Dreams and his display blew Aubameyang away.

The Arsenal captain added: ‘I think he locked down three of Manchester United’s midfielders on Sunday – that’s my point of view anyway – and that’s really important for us.

‘Also he can play forward really well when he regains the ball and that’s a good point for us.’


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