Burnley vs Arsenal
Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off saw Arsenal face a trip to Turf Moor for a clash with Burnley.
The Gunners headed into the tie in fairly mixed form and down in 10th place in the Premier League table.
Mikel Arteta’s side had lost three of their last five league ties before Saturday.
Said form meant their hopes of securing any form of European football via the league were very much fading.
However, a bright start against Sean Dyche’s side has seen the north Londoners move up to 9th in the league for the time being, andto within five points of 6th and three points of 7th (which can become a Europa League place depending on who wins the domestic cups).
It took Arsenal less than seven minutes to open the scoring at Turf Moor.
Willian would play in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who cut in on his favoured left side before beating Nick Pope at his near post.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang making it look easy 😎
A dream start for Arsenal at Turf Moor! pic.twitter.com/QaAZAerao0
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 6, 2021
It was neither of that duo who have since garnered the attention of the Gunners’ faithful following the opener, though.
Instead, it was Thomas Partey’s involvement in the strike which has since been the talk of social media.
As shown in the replay above, Partey picked up the ball near his box. But instead of passing it backwards, which Granit Xhaka can be seen telling him to do, the former Atletico Madrid charged forward, beating a man, playing a one-two with Xhaka before slipping in Willian, who of course went on to set up Aubameyang.
And it is this forward-thinking play which has since seen Partey become the recipient of countless praise on social media:
Thomas Partey is a Rolls-Royce footballer. Unreal.
— LacaZte. (@LacaZte) March 6, 2021
Brilliant cutting pass by Partey to set Willian on the run and Auba finishes. Another Willian assist
— Osman 🎗 (@OsmanZtheGooner) March 6, 2021
Easy mate – what a player
— Clive (@clivepafc) March 6, 2021
I love Thomas Partey. Always forward thinking and vertical with his passing.
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) March 6, 2021
Partey is such a baller! Always looking to play forward #BURARS
— e17gooner (@e17goonersaurus) March 6, 2021
Absolutely loved Thomas Partey’s bullishness in the build up to that goal. Quite simple really but after seeing our players play backwards so often this season, it’s refreshing to see Partey show what a bit of quick, neat forward passing can produce.
— King Goran Arsenal (@King_Goran) March 6, 2021
Xhaka pointed to Tierney, Partey said f that play me a 1-2 and he carried the ball forward. Love it.
— saki (@sakihenry_) March 6, 2021
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|9||Aston Villa FC||25||11||39|
|12||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||27||-9||34|
|13||Crystal Palace FC||27||-14||34|
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|17||Newcastle United FC||26||-17||26|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||27||-36||17|
|20||Sheffield United FC||27||-27||14|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||17|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||15|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||14|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||13|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||13|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||13|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City FC||12|
|Gundogan, Ilkay||Manchester City FC||11|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United FC||10|
|Watkins, Ollie||Aston Villa FC||10|
|Rashford, Marcus||Manchester United FC||9|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City FC||9|
|Barnes, Harvey||Leicester City FC||9|
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|Lacazette, Alexandre||Arsenal FC||9|
|Maddison, James||Leicester City FC||8|
|Ings, Danny||Southampton FC||8|
|Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick||Arsenal FC||8|
|Soucek, Tomas||West Ham United FC||8|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City FC||7|
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|Bellerin, Hector||Arsenal FC||0||8|
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|Hayden, Isaac||Newcastle United FC||0||8|
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|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||0||6|
|Klich, Mateusz||Leeds United||0||6|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||6|
|Hojbjerg, Pierre||Tottenham Hotspur FC||0||6|
|Xhaka, Granit||Arsenal FC||1||5|
|Romeu, Oriol||Southampton FC||0||6|
|Kante, N`Golo||Chelsea FC||0||6|
|Luiz, Douglas||Aston Villa FC||0||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||0||5|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||0||5|
|Dallas, Stuart||Leeds United||0||5|
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|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||10|
|De Bruyne, Kevin||Manchester City FC||10|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||8|
|Rashford, Marcus||Manchester United FC||6|
|Cresswell, Aaron||West Ham United FC||6|
|Digne, Lucas||Everton FC||6|
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|Maddison, James||Leicester City FC||5|
|Firmino, Roberto||Liverpool FC||5|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||5|
|Werner, Timo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Neto, Pedro||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||5|
|Robertson, Andrew||Liverpool FC||5|
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|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||4|
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