Thomas Partey will be back to the Arsenal squad sooner than expected after Ghana bowed out of the AFCON competitions following a harrowing defeat to underdogs Comoros. 25 minutes into the match and a goal down, Ghana were forced to play with 10 men after Andre Ayew received a straight red card following an awful challenge on his opposite number. Ghana were nonetheless determined to rescue themselves and managed to score two goals leveling the score in the 64th minute.
Comoros, having the one-man advantage, drove in the final nail in the 85th minute where Houssam Mogni netted the winner, effectively kicking out Ghana from the competitions. Ghana have finished last in the group stage following the opening defeat to Morroco and a close draw with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon.
Thomas Partey participated in all three matches and his influence in the midfield department was immense. It is a pity Ghana were kicked out early since many thought that they were among the favorites to win the competitions. This is the second time Ghana have been kicked out of the competition in the Group stage with the first time being in 2006.
Although it comes as a huge disappointment to many Arsenal fans, there is some sort of relief that Partey will be back in the squad just in time to prepare for the match against Burnley over the weekend. Many fans were worried that Arteta would entrust the burdenous responsibility of maintaining a single pivot on Lokonga but with Partey’s imminent arrival, a double pivot will be the definite option.
Ghana head coach apologized to the Ghanian fans for the early exit but admitted that the competition was more difficult than anticipated. He thanked all the players who spared their time in representing their country and have wished them the best of luck as they return back to their clubs. Finally, he promised that he will prepare his team adequately for the upcoming World Cup competitions so that Ghana achieves something meaningful and worthwhile celebrating.
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