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Arsenal’s secret weapon? Partey reveals key factor behind title bid


Arsenal’s secret weapon? Partey reveals key factor behind title bid

Arsenal were trailing 2-0 with just over 30 minutes to go at Emirates Stadium but Reiss Nelson’s dramatic 97th-minute winner completed a stunning comeback.

The win keeps Arsenal five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with just 12 games to go.

Arsenal have now scored injury-time winners in three games since the World Cup break and Partey believes that is down to their spirit.

“I think we have been doing this from the beginning,” said the midfielder. “I think everybody is ready to give their best.

“We know we have worked on every aspect. We tried to do our best in every game. At the end, we got the win and that is the most important thing.

“I think it’s another game that we were able to go 2-0 down and then we are able to go up and win the game.

“I think this will raise the spirit of the team and of the fans to keep on supporting. This is the football that we all want to play.

“I think the spirit of never giving up, the belief that we have in the team, the belief that the fans have in us, is pushing us game after game. I think we deserved every win that we had this season.”

Partey started the comeback against Bournemouth when he bundled the ball home from a corner.

The 29-year-old did not celebrate wildly at the time, conscious the Gunners were still trailing, but he did briefly reveal a message on his shirt for his former Ghana team-mate Christian Atsu.

Atsu died last month during an earthquake in Turkey.

“I wish I could get the chance to dedicate this [goal] to him,” said Partey.

“We all saw that we have to believe and I believe that I dedicated the goal to him. At the end, I am happy, I wish him rest well in peace.”

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