Thomas Partey smashes Arsenal coach in training with horror tackle
Thomas Partey has endured an injury-hit first season at Arsenal after the Gunners activated his Atletico Madrid release clause on the last day of last summer's transfer window.
The Ghana international has shown glimpses of the kind of quality that led Mikel Arteta's side to part ways with £45million for his services, such as his man of the match performance in Arsenal's first league win at Old Trafford for 14 years.
However, he has also already had to ride out some low moments, most notably when he was forcibly pushed back on the pitch by his manager during the North London derby defeat at Tottenham as he tried to leave the field of play after aggravating an injury he was clearly rushed back from far too soon.
In many ways, Partey's individual season has mirrored Arsenal's wider efforts this campaign – some flashes of brilliance, but an underwhelming and disappointing experience overall.
However, with just one game left to play of a season that could remarkably see Arsenal still sneak their way into some form of European football on the last day, Partey has shown he is no mood to take his foot off the gas just yet.
In a video clip uploaded to club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Instagram page, Partey can be seen wildly lunging into a tackle, wiping out a member of Arsenal coaching staff in the process.
Arsenal's skipper captioned the video: "@ThomasPartey5's ready for the next African Cup of Nations – @s_wilson92 damn bro I wish you a speedy recovery (just kidding)"
Sam Wilson, the Gunners' first team strength and conditioning coach was the unlucky recipient of the tackle, though just before the clip ends it appears the senior member of staff is okay as he begins to climb back to his feet.
The incident sparked a hilarious reaction from Aubameyang on social media, who followed up on his post of the clip with another image of him reacting to the horror challenge.
Arsenal's No.14 posted a snap of him uncontrollably laughing on the floor, alongside the caption: "Me after that tackle."
Arsenal welcome Brighton& Hove Albion to the Emirates knowing that a victory, providing other results go their way, could not only see them leapfrog fierce rivals Tottenham, but also finish in the qualification place for the newly-formed Europa Conference League.
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