Ghanaian international Thomas Partey secured his inaugural silverware with Arsenal, contributing to the team’s triumph over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield on Sunday.
The accomplished Black Stars midfielder commenced the match and remained on the field throughout, as the Gunners emerged victorious over the Sky Blues in a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium.
Partey, who had been subject to transfer speculation away from Arsenal, delivered an impressive performance that played a pivotal role in his team’s successful pursuit of the title.
Despite persistent efforts to score, both squads failed to find the net in the first half, resulting in an electrifying goalless draw.
The intensity of the game escalated in the subsequent periods, leading to a 1-1 scoreline at the final whistle.
In the 77th minute, English prodigy Cole Palmer, emerging from the bench, secured the lead for the Premier League champions.
However, in a dramatic turn of events, substitute Leandro Trossard managed to score in injury time, equalizing the match and propelling it to a penalty shootout. Ultimately, Arsenal clinched victory with a resounding 4-1 win in the shootout.
Partey’s significant role in the triumph reinforces his anticipated importance for Arsenal in the forthcoming 2023/24 season, a notion supported by manager Mikel Arteta, who remains steadfast despite swirling rumors of Partey’s potential exit.