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Arsenal star singled out for praise following impressive first half vs Man City

Arsenal star singled out for praise following impressive first half vs Man City

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Arsenal are currently locked in action with Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta’s side headed into the game sitting 4th in the Premier League table, four points clear of 5th placed West Ham.

However, Manchester United and Tottenham are hot on the Gunners’ heels, with the latter of that duo primed to overtake their north London rivals if they win both of their games in hand.

As a result, Arsenal really cannot afford to drop any points in gameweek 21.

But, as Manchester City are currently the highest scorers and have the best defensive record in the Premier League, Arsenal actually securing a win looked unlikely pre-match.

So, it was quite surprising to see how the opening 45 minutes played out in north London.

Partey praised

Manchester City did have a few half-chances, and looked particularly threatening from crosses.

However, Arsenal were, for the most part, able to neutralise the Sky Blues in the first-half.

And a big reason why they were able to do so came in the form of the intensity of Thomas Partey.

The Ghanaian had a superb start to the clash, pressing well, making smart tackles and also chipping in in attack – including setting up Gabriel Martinelli for a great chance he perhaps should have done better with.

As a result, Partey has earned special praise from Arsenal’s fans on social media, with just some of the reaction showcased below:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6