Thomas Partey believes he needs to be more “clever” and would “work hard” to learn from his sending off against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
Partey was introduced into the game in the 74th minute but was immediately issued two yellow cards for clumsy challenges. Liverpool won the second leg of the semi-final 2-0, advancing them to the final following a 0-0 draw in the first leg.
He reacted to the red card on Instagram, saying: “I am responsible for anything that happened and will take the critiques.
“I should be more intelligent not to get in a challenge [after I was] already booked. But this is my personality. I like to fight for every ball. I love this club and I love my country. Even though things sometimes don’t go how I wanted, I would continue to work harder and make things right.
“I came back with the mentality to make myself available for the team to get to the final but it did not happen as planned. I will continue to give my all when I am on the field of play because this is my life and this is what I choose to do. I am not happy at all with what happened yesterday at AFCON. But I understand only with hard work things will change.”
Arsenal’s season is over after their defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side. The club is not a participant in European football, they are now 21 points behind the Premier League leaders, and they were eliminated from the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest.