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2022 World Cup: Should Partey be benched? Ghana loss to Portugal has fans split on Arsenal midfielder

09:48 SAST 2022/11/25
Thomas Partey Ghana
Bulky Arsenal star in the middle of contention amongst Black Stars fans after loss against A Selecao.

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was among the players who were on the receiving end of criticism by supporters after Ghana's 3-2 loss against Portugal in a World Cup Group H fixture on Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao were on target for the A Selecao with Andre Ayew and Osman Bukari finding the back of the net for the Black Stars.

Partey played the entire game and managed one attempt on goal, two key passes and completed 86% of his passes as per the Who Scored website.

However, his performance was criticised by a section of Ghanaians, while others said he played his role well.

Here are the best fan reactions after the match.

  • Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey - Nigeria vs Ghana

    Questionable Partey

    Thomas Partey in Ghana’s colors though. Very very questionable - Akwasi Amankwah

  • Thomas Partey, Ghana

    Partey let down by teammates?

    At Arsenal, Thomas Partey knows exactly what to do when his team is in transition and he receives the ball fast on his feet. First touch and plays to Granit Xhaka or out to Bukayo Saka or Gabriel Martinelli. The same situation with Ghana, Baba will have like four touches and misplace his pass - David Hundeyin

  • Arsenal fans 2022-23

    Impress Arsenal fans by benching Partey

    They are blaming Thomas Partey now for the loss as if it's him to play everywhere on the field. They are saying he should be benched. We Arsenal fans shall be happy with it - Immaculate Nabu

  • Otto Addo

    Addo played Partey out of position

    Sick and mad to talk about Thomas Partey being poor. He was supposed to be doing the Salis Abdul job today and that's what he does best but your coach [Oddo Addo] chose to play him differently. - Kwesi Sarfo

  • Thomas Partey Ghana

    Partey is unreliable for Ghana

    We need to render an unqualified apology to Dede Ayew, our captain because today, he was our only leader. Thomas Partey has done enough to show us that in the flamboyant white stripes of Ghana, he’s not that guy we can rely on! Otto Addo, this is on you - 1kaywa

  • Thomas Partey Ghana 2022

    Show your quality Partey!

    Partey’s performance wasn’t even average. Disappointed and gutted to see him misplace basic passes. Partey, you are way above this, hopefully, next game you will show your true quality - Chimsi Mohammed

  • Messi Argentina 2022

    Even Messi could not save Argentina

    What exactly did you want Thomas Partey to do? Even mighty [Lionel] Messi couldn't save Argentina from the Arabs - Samson Oluwole

  • Joao Felix Portugal 2022

    Partey be blamed for Portugal goals?

    Thomas Partey, jersey number 5 to be in the game or dropped. He was casual the entire game. I blame him for Portugal’s last two goals. He was not marking, not availing himself when the team attacked and passing players that are under pressure - Thabo Kgobo

  • Thomas Partey Ghana

    Partey had most tackles

    I wonder if some Ghanaian fans watch football with their eyes. Thomas Partey was the player with the most tackles in the match - Onasis

  • Thomas Partey

    Partey should be benched

    Thomas Partey should be benched in the next game - Memphis