By Bariyo Brian Tumuramye
The £45 million signings from Atletico Madrid made his first start for the Gunners in Thursday night’s Europa League group opener against Rapid Vienna.
Thomas Partey has issued a succinct message following his full Arsenal debut. The midfielder joined the Gunners from Atletico Madrid in a £45million transfer deadline day move.
He made his Arsenal bow as a late substitute in the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City last weekend. But he was handed his first start for the club in Thursday night’s Europa League Group B opener away to Rapid Vienna.
Things did not all go according to plan at first, as the Austrian hosts took a 51st-minute lead through Taxiarchis Fountas. However, Mikel Arteta’s men hit back to claim a 2-1 victory, thanks to goals from Davis Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arteta was pleased withPartey’s contribution, describing his performance as “really solid, really comfortable” and “fantastic”.
The manager added: “We know that with the price we paid for him and the profile of the player that he is going to have a lot of people looking at him every single game.
“This is about the structure we have as a team, the flow, the unity and the cohesion that we need in our team. He’s one piece of that. Hopefully, he’s a big piece.” And Partey enjoyed himself, it would seem, after completing 90 minutes.
Todays Premier League fixtures
West Ham United vs Man City
London Stadium, London
Saturday, 24-10-2020 @2:30pm
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Manchester City has won all five of their away matches in all competitions at the London Stadium by an aggregate score of 22-1, scoring at least four times in each. The city has scored in 18 consecutive matches against West Ham in all competitions, dating back to November 2012.
Fulham vs Crystal Palace
Craven Cottage, London
Saturday, 24-10-2020 @5pm
Ref: Graham Scot
Man United vs Chelsea
Old Trafford, Manchester
Saturday, 24-10-2020 @7:30pm
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Manchester United can win three consecutive top-flight meetings against Chelsea for the first time since September 1965 under Sir Matt Busby. Chelsea are winless in their last seven Premier League away matches against Manchester United (D4, L3).
It is the Blues’ longest run without a top-flight win at Old Trafford since a 16-game streak between September 1920 and January 1957. Chelsea are the only club to have won more Premier League fixtures (18) versus Manchester United than they have lost (17).
Liverpool vs Sheffield United
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
Saturday, 24-10-2020 @10pm
Ref: Mike Dean
Fabinho looks set to continue deputising for Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool’s defence after impressing in the Champions League win at Ajax. There is still no timescale on Van Dijk’s absence with a knee injury, while Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara will be assessed.
Rhian Brewster could make his first Premier League start for Sheffield United on his return to Anfield. John Fleck and Lys Mousset will both miss around six weeks through injury. Manager Chris Wilder is already without defender Jack O’Connell, while Max Lowe’s Premier League debut was cut short last Sunday after he suffered a concussion.
Upcoming Premier League games
-Southampton vs Everton @5pm
-Wolves vs Newcastle United @7:30pm
-Arsenal vs Leicester City @10:15pm
-Brighton vs West Bromwich Albion @8:30pm
-Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur @11pm
Results so far
-Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds United