Partey responds to fan’s criticism on Instagram after Arsenal draw

Thomas Partey has hit back at criticism of his shooting ability on Instagram after Arsenal ’s remarkable draw at West Ham United.

The Ghanaian started the match at the London Stadium as David Moyes ’ Hammers raced into a 3-0 lead inside 35 minutes thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek.

But the Gunners astonishingly recovered from their dismal start to claim a point after Soucek and Craig Dawson both scored own-goals, before Alexandre Lacazette headed in a late equaliser.

Partey played a key part in the Gunners’ recovery after being selected to start alongside Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s defensive midfield.

Thomas Partey has hit back at criticism of his shooting ability

The 27-year-old, who joined from Atletico Madrid last October, made more ball recoveries than any other player, as well as contesting the joint most duels and making the joint most tackles for the Gunners.

Though Partey helped his side to recover to eventually secure a point in the Premier League clash, he did face criticism from supporters.

That was because his awful record in front of goal in an Arsenal shirt continued against West Ham, with Partey now failing to score in any of his 20 matches since arriving at the Emirates.

In fact, the defensive midfielder has not scored since last July, when he netted in a 2-0 win for Atletico at Getafe.

Partey impressed in Arsenal's midfield against West Ham
Partey impressed in Arsenal’s midfield against West Ham

That was one of just three league goals Partey scored last season for Diego Simeone’s side, with his penchant for shooting from distance annoying Arsenal fans.

“One day Thomas Partey is going to score a long-range golazo for us and it’s going to be beautiful,” one fan said on Twitter.

“My heart sinks every time I see Thomas Partey line up a long-range effort,” another added.

Partey also received criticism on Instagram after he posted pictures following the draw with the Hammers.

“Please stop shooting from miles away,” a fan commented in reply to Partey’s post.

The Arsenal man appeared to take exception to that comment though, writing in reply, “I will definitely dedicate one to you soon.”

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