Arsenal confirmed today that Thomas Partey has suffered muscle damage to his right thigh and this injury will keep him out for a while.
The Ghanaian has been absolutely brilliant for us since the turn of the year. He has been one of our best players and losing him at such a crucial stage of our season is a massive blow.
It’s unclear when Partey will be back but he’ll surely miss a few of our upcoming games. Sadly, our stats without him in the Premier League this season are far from encouraging.
Arsenal’s stats this season without Thomas Partey are extremely worrying
Since the turn of the year, Partey’s real class has been evident, but our stats with and without him this season show a massive difference.
Arsenal have played 23 games with Partey in the side this campaign and our win rate stands at a healthy 65.2 per cent. On average, we score 1.8 goals per game, concede 1.1 and pick up two points when he’s in the middle of the park.
When Thomas Partey is out with an injury, our stats look abysmal. In the six games he’s missed in the league this season, Arsenal’s win rate is a woeful 33.3 per cent. We score 0.3 goals and concede 1.5 on average, thus picking up just 1.2 points per game, which is terrible.
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Arsenal’s numbers when Partey is unavailable is a massive concern. We just tend to crumble without the Ghanaian and his injury now has come at the worst possible time.
The Gunners are currently fifth in the table, level on points with Tottenham, but we have a game in hand over them. We still have a slight advantage in the race to finish fourth and with Partey in the kind of form he was in, we were the favourites to get over the line.
Mikel Arteta now has to find a way to get us going without the Ghanaian. Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny have big shoes to fill, but if there ever has been a time for the two of them to step up, it’s now.
Arsenal take on Brighton on Saturday and it will be interesting to see who will start in Partey’s place.