Well, it seems Arsenal’s worst and best fears have been realised at the same time with regards to Thomas Partey and his ankle injury.
What’s the story?
According to football.london, the African midfielder is likely to miss the opening few games of the new season.
Partey was left stricken by Ruben Loftus-Cheek during the Gunners’ 2-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend. As a result, he was substituted and replaced with Granit Xhaka.
With Arsenal facing the likes of Manchester City and the Blues in their opening games, Partey will be a big miss.
However, there is some good news. It’s claimed the injury isn’t as bad as first feared.
Following the game, Arteta said it wasn’t ‘looking good’ with regards to the ace’s fitness. It left many fearing the worst, however, the prognosis is that it’s not as first considered.
Partey will be huge miss for Arsenal after ankle injury diagnosis
There’s no two ways of putting this.
Partey will be a huge miss for Arsenal after the diagnosis of his ankle injury was revealed.
The midfielder had been in great form during pre-season especially during the clash with Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Arteta deployed the 28-year-old in a new role, where he featured higher up the pitch to assist the high pressure.
It worked fairly well with Partey winning the ball back on numerous occasions.
And coupled with his ability to carry the ball so effortlessly, the former Atletico Madrid man will be a massive miss in the opening weeks.
Arsenal have a tough start to the new campaign as they take on Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Arteta will be searching for a viable midfield partnership as he looks to overcome his biggest problem.