Thomas Partey

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Thomas Partey
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Partey with Atlético Madrid in 2019
Personal information
Full name Thomas Teye Partey[1]
Date of birth (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth Krobo Odumase, Ghana
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 18
Youth career
2011–2012 Odometah[2]
2012–2013 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Atlético Madrid B 28 (3)
2013–2014Mallorca (loan) 37 (5)
2014–2015Almería (loan) 31 (4)
2015–2020 Atlético Madrid 132 (12)
2020– Arsenal 17 (0)
National team
2016– Ghana 31 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:16, 11 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:58, 28 March 2021 (UTC)

Thomas Teye Partey (born 13 June 1993) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal and is the vice-captain of the Ghana national team.

Partey began his professional career at Spanish club Atlético Madrid in 2013, going on loan to Mallorca and Almería, and returned to Atlético in 2015, with whom he won the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in 2018. In 2020, he joined Arsenal in a transfer worth £45 million (€50 million), becoming the most expensive Ghanaian player of all time.

A Ghanaian international, Partey represented his nation at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He was named into the CAF Team of the Year in 2018, and won Ghana Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Partey with Atlético Madrid in 2018

Born in Krobo Odumase, Partey was a product of local Odometah's youth ranks.[3] He signed with Atlético Madrid in 2011, and was subsequently moved to the reserves a year later. On 10 March 2013, Partey was called up to the main squad for the match against Real Sociedad.[4] However, he remained unused in the eventual 0–1 home defeat.[5]

Mallorca and Almería[edit]

On 12 July, Partey was loaned to Mallorca, freshly relegated to the second level.[6] On 18 August, he made his professional debut, in a 0–4 away defeat against Sabadell.[7] Partey scored his first professional goal on 15 September, netting his side's second of a 2–2 draw at Hércules.[8]

On 27 July 2014, Partey joined La Liga side Almería on a loan.[9] He made his debut in the competition on 23 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Espanyol.[10] Partey scored his first goals in the main category of Spanish football on 11 April 2015, netting a brace in a 3–0 home win against Granada.[11]

Return to Atlético Madrid[edit]

Partey made his first team debut for Atlético Madrid on 28 November 2015, replacing Luciano Vietto in a 1–0 home win against Espanyol.[12] On 2 January of the following year, he scored his first league goal for the club, netting the game's only strike in a home success over Levante.[13] On 28 May, he played in the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, replacing Koke in the 116th minute as his side lost on penalties.[14]

Partey signed a contract extension with Atlético Madrid through 2022 on 14 February 2017.[15] On 31 October, he scored his first European goal with a long-range strike to equalise at home to Qarabag in a 1–1 draw in the Champions League group game; he became the first African to score in the competition for Atlético.[16] Following his impressive performances for the club, he was rewarded with another contract on 1 March 2018, this time until 2023.[17] On 16 May, he played in the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final, as his side won 3–0 against Marseille.[18]

On 1 September 2019, Partey came on as a late substitute and netted the match's winner in the last minute of the game, as Atlético came back from 2–0 down to win the game by 3–2 against Eibar.[19] He marked his 100th La Liga appearance for Los Rojiblancos with a man-of-the-match performance in a 0–0 draw against Real Madrid in the Madrid Derby four weeks later.[20]

Arsenal[edit]

On 5 October 2020, Premier League club Arsenal announced the signing of Partey on a long-term contract, after activating his £45 million (€50 million) release clause with Atlético Madrid. He was given the number 18 shirt, which had been vacated by Nacho Monreal the previous season.[21] Upon signing, Partey stated his desire to help Arsenal "back where [they] belong", describing his decision to move being based on "[wanting] to experience new challenges", while also crediting the transfer to manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu.[22] On 17 October 2020, Partey made his debut for Arsenal as a substitute for Granit Xhaka in a 0–1 away defeat in the league against Manchester City.[23] Five days later, Partey started his first match for Arsenal in a 2–1 away win over Rapid Wien in the UEFA Europa League.[24] Midway through a match against Aston Villa on 8 November, Partey suffered a thigh injury which saw him miss the rest of the month's games.[25] On 7 December, he would make his return in the North London Derby, but suffered another injury at half time. Arsenal lost 2-0 to Tottenham eventually.[26] He would not play again until a month later, which he came off the bench in a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.[27][28]

International career[edit]

In May 2016, Partey was called up for the first time to the Ghana national team by manager Avram Grant, ahead of a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Mauritius.[29] He made his debut on 5 June, replacing Frank Acheampong for the final 11 minutes of a 2–0 away win that booked the Black Stars' position in the finals.[30] On 5 September 2017, Partey scored his first international hat-trick in a 5–1 win against Congo in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification.[31]

Partey was chosen in Kwesi Appiah's 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.[32] In their last group game, he scored in a 2–0 win over Guinea-Bissau at the Suez Stadium as the Black Stars topped their group.[33] He netted in the penalty shootout at the end of the last-16 game against Tunisia on 8 July, though his team was eliminated.[34]

Partey won Ghana Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019.[35][36] Ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as well for qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Partey was named Ghana's vice-captain.[37][38]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 April 2021[39]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mallorca (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División 37 5 1 0 38 5
Almería (loan) 2014–15 La Liga 31 4 1 0 32 4
Atlético Madrid 2015–16 La Liga 13 2 5 1 5 0 23 3
2016–17 16 1 2 0 6 0 24 1
2017–18 33 3 3 1 14 1 50 5
2018–19 32 3 3 0 6 0 1 0 42 3
2019–20 35 3 1 0 8 1 2 0 46 4
2020–21 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 132 12 14 2 39 2 3 0 188 16
Arsenal 2020–21 Premier League 17 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 24 0
Career total 215 21 17 2 0 0 45 2 3 0 282 25

International[edit]

As of match played on 28 March 2021[40]
Ghana
Year Apps Goals
2016 5 0
2017 10 5
2018 4 2
2019 9 3
2020 2 0
2021 1 0
Total 31 10

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Ghana's goal tally first.[40]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 September 2017 Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana  Congo 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 5 September 2017 Stade Municipal de Kintélé, Brazzaville, Congo 2–0
5–1
3. 3–1
4. 4–1
5. 10 October 2017 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 3–0 3–0 Friendly
6. 30 May 2018 International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan  Japan 2–0 2–0
7. 7 June 2018 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 2–2 2–2
8. 26 March 2019 Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana  Mauritania 3–1 3–1
9. 2 July 2019 Suez Stadium, Suez, Egypt  Guinea-Bissau 2–0 2–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
10. 14 November 2019 Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Cape Coast, Ghana  South Africa 1–0 2–0 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Individual

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Prieto ends Atletico's perfect home form Archived 24 August 2013 at Archive.today; ESPN FC, 10 March 2013
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  7. ^ El Sabadell golea y es el primer líder de la temporada (Sabadell thrashes and is the season's first leader); Marca, 18 August 2013 (in Spanish)
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