Partey played disastrous role in Arsenal conceding second goal against Tottenham

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Harry Kane doubled Tottenham Hotspur 's lead in the north London derby on the stroke of half-time, with the England captain finishing off a counter-attack.

The goal put Spurs 2-0 up after an impressive first-half performance, with Jose Mourinho's side having a five versus two advantage on the counter after Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey suffered an injury.

The Ghanaian international had only just returned to the starting line-up after missing the last four games with a thigh problem but he was unable to make it to half-time.

When Spurs began the counter-attack, Partey was walking off the pitch and waiting to be replaced.

He then attempted to sprint back and help out but did not make it far before the injury flared up and he walked off to be replaced by Dani Ceballos.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Jamie Redknapp pointed out the incident, saying: "I can't see exactly what's happened but Thomas Partey has walked off the pitch and left them with that five v two, Gary.

"That's where the problem comes from. And to add salt to the wound he's now had to come off, they've had to make a substitution into Ceballos.

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"But that was the problem because he's trying to come off the pitch and he's not right and that's what leaves them so exposed at the back."

Analysing the goal at half-time, Alex Scott said: "Even if you've got an injury you wait, you don't leave your position.

"The fact that Arteta is pushing you to get back in because you have left that space makes it easier for Tottenham to expose you how they have, how easily they have broken down Arsenal."

Graeme Souness then added: "Big players, leaders don't allow that to happen on the football pitch. If he's injured, he's injured. He's screaming at people.

"If you look at Xhaka, as a holding central midfield player, I don't what Xhaka is, it's been about six seven years – I'm not quite sure what he is, the alarm bells are ringing.

"We're going forward, all the time looking over you're shoulder where we're vulnerable. They're just empty. Lo Celso picks it up, on you go 2-0."

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