An update on the wellbeing of Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has been forthcoming online on Monday, after the Ghanaian was forced off during the club’s embarrassing defeat to Aston Villa.
Mikel Arteta’s men welcomed the Villans to north London on Sunday night, for the final fixture of the Premier League weekend.
Arsenal of course headed into proceedings as overwhelming favourites to bag all 3 points, on the back of an improved spell of form.
The capital giants had notched three straight wins across all competitions, including what appeared a statement downing of Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, had seen their blistering opening to the campaign go up in smoke, with a pair of consecutive defeats.
As such, what subsequently unfolded over the 90 minutes at the Emirates proved not only a surprise, but an outright shock.
Dean Smith’s underdogs played their hosts off the park, to eventually emerge with a thoroughly deserved 3-0 win.
A first-half Buakyo Saka own goal was followed by a quickfire double from Ollie Watkins inside the closing 20 minutes, to see Villa depart north London with all 3 points, and Arsenal cast into turmoil ahead of the international break.
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Compounding the woes of last night’s hosts, meanwhile, was an injury picked up by Thomas Partey.
The summer arrival in the English capital was forced off at the interval versus Villa, after pulling up in clear discomfort towards the end of the first-half.
As such, speaking in the aftermath of his side’s defeat, Mikel Arteta was inevitably drawn on Partey’s wellbeing.
The Arsenal boss, though, was cautious in providing an exact diagnosis, ahead of scans set to take place over the days ahead:
‘We don’t know [the extent] of it. We have to scan him tomorrow or the day after and see what he felt straight away. Let’s wait and see what the magnitude of the injury is.’
Regarding Partey’s potential participation in his country’s upcoming round of fixtures, meanwhile, Arteta added:
‘I don’t know [if he will go away with Ghana now]. As I said, the doctor will have to have a look at him and probably scan him. Then we will decide what to do with him.’
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A further update on the situation, though, has since been forthcoming.
And, if accurate, Partey is set to play no part in Ghana’s double-header with Sudan over the coming week.
As per the reliable Charles Watts of Goal, the decision has been made that the midfield all-rounder will remain in north London during the international break.
This comes with Partey set to undergo a course of treatment to ensure a return to the pitch as soon as possible.
It is added that:
‘Partey is said to be in positive mood and is hopeful the injury will not keep him sidelined for too long.’
Thomas Partey will be staying with Arsenal during the international break due to his thigh injury. He won’t be linking up with Ghana.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) November 9, 2020
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