Thomas Partey has become the first Ghanaian player to start a competitive match for Arsenal since Emmanuel Frimpong in October 2012.
Frimpong was the last Ghanaian player to start a match for the Gunners eight years ago in their thrilling 7-5 victory over Reading in a League Cup fixture.
1 - Thomas Partey will become the first Ghanaian to start a competitive game for @Arsenal since Emmanuel Frimpong in their 7-5 victory at Reading in October 2012. Enforcers. #UEL pic.twitter.com/dFD1ePgDog— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 22, 2020
Partey joined Arsenal on a four-year deal with the option of an additional season on October 5, bringing an end to his nine-year stint at Atletico Madrid.
He made his Europa League bow in 2018 when Atletico thrashed Copenhagen 4-1 on the road.