Watch: Arsenal’s Partey provides assist for Ghana despite AFCON exit

Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey during their draw against Gabon, January 2022.

Thomas Partey will be back with Arsenal sooner than expected after Ghana were eliminated from the 2021 African Cup of Nations – but the midfielder still managed to provide an assist during the shock 3-2 defeat against Comoros.

Ghana went into the final round of Group C fixtures needing a victory to stay in the tournament following a loss to Morocco and a draw with Gabon.

But they struggled to bounce back from former-West Ham man Andre Ayew’s early dismissal and were beaten 3-2 by the minnows, despite overturning a two-goal deficit earlier in the game.

Ghana were staring at elimination when Partey swung over a corner that was converted by Alexander Djiku – giving the Black Stars a glimmer of hope.

But, as the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists pushed for a winner, Comoros punished them with their third goal of the game in the 85th minute to send Ghana out of the competition.

Ghana’s anguish may prove a blessing for Arsenal though.

The Gunners are set to benefit from the early return of Partey, having been forced to request postponement of their weekend derby against Tottenham due to a lack of available players.

With rumours that Arsenal may have to postpone further matches due to injuries and COVID, Partey’s early elimination from AFCON will be a boost for Mikel Arteta’s side.

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