Thomas Partey hails secret weapon behind Arsenal’s title bid after Bournemouth return: ‘It drives us on’


Arsenal went 2-0 up with just over 30 minutes to go at the Emirates Stadium, but Reiss Nelson’s stunning 97th-minute winner sparked a stunning comeback.

The win moves Arsenal five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with just 12 games remaining.

Arsenal have scored winners in three injury-riddled games since the World Cup break and Partey believes that is on their mind.

“I think we’ve been doing it since the beginning,” the midfielder said. “I think everyone is ready to give their best.

“We know that we have worked on all aspects. We tried to do our best in every game. In the end we won and that’s the most important thing.

“I think it’s another game where we went 2-0 up and then we came back and won the game.

“I think it will boost the morale of the team and the fans to continue to support them. This is the football we all want to play.

“I think the never-give-up spirit, the faith in our team, the faith the fans have in us is what drives us game after game. I think we deserve every win this season. .

Party started the game against Bournemouth when he took the ball from a corner.

The 29-year-old didn’t celebrate much at the time, knowing the Gunners were still trailing, but did briefly reveal a message on his shirt for former Ghana team-mate Christian Atsu.

Atsu died in the earthquake in Turkey last month.

“I wish I had the opportunity to dedicate this (goal) to him,” Party said.

“We all saw that we had to believe in it and I think I dedicated the goal to him. I’m happy at the end, I hope he rests in peace.

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