Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claims Thomas Partey “locked down” three Man Utd stars in Arsenal triumph

Thomas Partey played a huge role in Arsenal’s win over Manchester United by “locking down’ several players.

That’s according to Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who fired the north Londoners to victory at Old Trafford last weekend.

Aubameyang’s second-half penalty proved to be the difference at the Theatre of Dreams, with the Gabon international’s spot-kick handing Arsenal their first away victory against a ‘Big Six’ side in five years.

The 31-year-old was delighted with the team’s display at Old Trafford, saying in Arsenal’s matchday programme: “It was a great performance from the whole team and it was great to see Thomas Partey play like that even though he’s not been here long.

Thomas Partey (L) celebrates with Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang after the striker scored Arsenal’s winner against Manchester United
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“Off the pitch, he’s a really humble guy and you can see that on the pitch as well because he really gives everything in the game.

“He is really simple and quiet, so humble, and we all really like him.

“He’s really funny too – sometimes he’ll do some jokes and we won’t be expecting it. So he’s settled in really quickly.

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“On the pitch, his strengths are his energy and the way he can stop counter-attacks and dangerous situations. That’s really important for us.”

Partey, who the Gunners signed from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day, kept United’s star-studded midfield of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay quiet for the majority of last weekend’s match.

Thomas Partey turned in a dominant performance in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Manchester United last weekend