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Watford 2-3 Arsenal: Thomas Partey did something unusual in the first half

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Arsenal were made to work hard in the end but we still managed to pick up an impressive 3-2 win over Watford today.

Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka scored two wonderful goals in the first half and Gabriel Martinelli sealed the win with a spectacular strike after the break to get us all three points.

Arsenal are now fourth in the Premier League table and our top-four hopes have received another big boost.

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Unusual: Thomas Partey took a throw-in in the first half

Kieran Tierney and Cedric Soares took most of our throw-ins today and that’s no surprise at all. It’s always the full-back’s job to get the ball rolling after it goes out of play, but what Partey did today was unusual.

In the first half, Arsenal won a throw-in on the right side of our offensive third. Instead of doing what he usually does, Cedric handed the ball over to Partey, who launched the ball into the box.

Arsenal have never really been a side to load the penalty area with players for a throw-in. This is something we’ve noticed recently with Tierney on the left side.

It doesn’t look like Cedric has that in his locker, which is why the Ghanaian had to step in. Partey may well be the man to take long throw-ins for us going forward.

The Ghanaian was brilliant again

Arsenal have now won four games in a row in the Premier League and although the likes of Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Alexandre Lacazette get most of the plaudits, it’s Partey who has been the most integral.

The Ghanaian has now been given a deeper role by Mikel Arteta and he’s thriving there. He has barely put a foot wrong in that position over the last few games, and he was incredible again today.

Partey won more duels (8), completed more take-ons (3) and won more aerial duels (3) than any other Arsenal player against Watford. He also completed 69 passes, the most on the pitch (Squawka). If he continues his good form, we should be able to end the season in one of the top four places.

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