Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faced the media today ahead of his side’s clash against Crystal Palace on Thursday.
The Gunners are high on confidence going into the game against the Eagles. We have won each of our last four games and if we continue to perform the same way, we will extend that good run.
Arsenal’s recent run is not the only thing that will give us confidence going into the game on Thursday. Arteta confirmed in his press conference today that a player he once described as an ‘enormous talent’ (Football London) will return to the squad after over a month.
He told Arsenal.com: “Thomas (Partey) has been in full training for the last four or five days, he’s completely asymptomatic. It would be a little bit rushed to try and play him against Newcastle but I think he will be ready for Thursday.”
That is a massive boost for us. Partey was our marquee summer signing but the Ghanaian has barely played a couple of games for us. He showed what he can do at Old Trafford, and Arsenal fans cannot wait to have him back on Thursday.
Arteta was delighted to announce Partey’s return but he seemed unsure about two other players.
Partey’s back but two others are doubts for Thursday
Gabriel Martinelli suffered an injury moments before our game against Newcastle and it didn’t look good. Arteta confirmed he will have a scan today, but there isn’t a lot of optimism over an immediate return.
Arteta told Arsenal.com about Martinelli: “We don’t know how bad he is. He’s getting a scan this morning. We didn’t look after the game because he was in a lot of pain but yesterday he tested it a little bit better, so let’s hope.
“We have a scan today so let’s hope it’s not as serious and we can have Gabi back really soon. We will know more tomorrow, certainly.”
Another player Arteta was unsure about is Gabriel Magalhaes. The Brazilian has missed the last four games after testing positive with the virus, and Arteta claimed a decision will be made only after seeing how he fares over the next two days.
Arteta told Arsenal.com: “Gabriel had a training session the other day. He tested positive and had very mild symptoms, so he’s missed a few weeks of training because he had to be isolated.”
“It’s better now and we expect him to be training with us in the next couple of days and then make an assessment on whether we can have him or not on Thursday.”