Arsenal star Thomas Partey’s dominance of Bruno Fernandes should ‘worry Tottenham fans’

Arsenal new signing Thomas Partey was imperious in midfield against Manchester United. That’s the opinion of pundit Garth Crooks who thinks the former Atletico Madrid man dominated like former Gunners Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit used to in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta brought Partey to the club on transfer deadline day after activating his £45million release clause.

The 27-year-old started at Old Trafford and dominated Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba.

And Crooks thinks Tottenham fans should be worried by a resurgent Arsenal side with Partey the anchor in midfield.

He told BBC Sport: “That was some performance by Thomas Partey at Old Trafford. The Ghana international looks fit, strong and up for any battle – while his ability to intercept and break up the opposition’s play on Sunday was outstanding.

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“Partey along with Mohamed Elneny, dominated Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

“I’ve not seen an Arsenal midfield duo dominate the centre of the park at Old Trafford so effectively since Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit.

“This is very worrying if you are a Spurs fan.”

As well as Partey, new central defender Gabriel has impressed and kept the United strikers quiet at Old Trafford.

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Crooks explained: “Sunday’s win at Manchester United was one of the best Arsenal performances I’ve seen for some time.

“I criticised Mikel Arteta the last time he was in Manchester for playing a team without a recognised centre-forward. Not so at Old Trafford.

“The Arsenal manager laid his stall out perfectly and restricted United to a handful of chances. Gabriel was at the heart of an outstanding defensive display by the Gunners.

“Meanwhile, United have a serious consistency problem. Mason Greenwood was substituted and walked off the pitch looking as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had committed a crime.

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“Paul Pogba has so much more to give but can’t seem to find it to give.

“And Marcus Rashford, one of my favourite players, performed as if he had been given the afternoon off.

“Sorry Marcus, there are no days off when you play for Manchester United.”

Arsenal return to action on Thursday in the Europa League when they take on Molde (8pm).

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