‘Partey Injury Record A Big Concern’


Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has admitted Thomas Partey’s injury record is a “big concern” as the midfielder faces another spell on the sidelines with a muscular problem.

The 30-year-old suffered his latest setback in training on Monday last week ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League win at Sevilla. Further tests are due to take place but sources have told ESPN that there are fears within the club that Partey could be sidelined until December.

According to data from Transfermarkt, Partey missed just six games in five years for Atletico Madrid prior to his £45 million ($54.8m) move to Emirates Stadium in 2020. However, Partey has now suffered his ninth injury in his three years at the club, sitting out more than 50 matches for Arsenal and Ghana.

Asked about Partey’s overall fitness, Arteta said: “He is a big concern because when Thomas is fit and available and he’s been part of the team, we have seen what the results and the impact that he has on the team. This season we have more protection, especially for that reason as well because we know in the past two seasons what has happened and the impact that it had on the team, so we had to address that.

“Now it’s happened and it happens in football. I’m so sorry for him because I think he’s doing every single thing that he can do right to be there, he was gutted. We are all for him, he needs to lift himself up again with our support and go again because he is a player that is critical for us.

“I think that he will be out for weeks, I don’t know how long but he’s got another appointment today and we will see more after that.”

Arteta was more upbeat over the prospect of Gabriel Jesus making a return ahead of schedule after suffering a hamstring injury against Sevilla. The striker was initially expected to be ruled out for several weeks, but having previously returned from a knee problem ahead of schedule this season, Arteta said: “With him I am not going to put any [timeframe] because I did it once and I got it totally wrong.

“We need to be cautious because we need to treat him in the right way, but he is already pushing everybody, he wants to be back as quickly as possible and we need him so that is great.”