Arsenal are in a real spot of bother in the Premier League at the moment. Just four wins in our first 11 games has pushed us down to 15th in the table, but that isn’t the only concerning news for Mikel Arteta.
Big-money summer arrival Thomas Partey started off his Arsenal career in tremendous fashion. He put up a world-class display against Manchester United to help us win our first game at Old Trafford in 14 long and painful years.
Sadly, he hurt his thigh a week after that game and spent almost a month injured. Arteta hinted after the game against Wolves that the Ghanaian was expected to spend a while on the sidelines. (Football London)
However, he was deemed fit for the derby on Sunday, but he barely lasted the first half. Partey hobbled off just before the break, and it looks like this injury will keep him out for a whole lot longer than the last one.
Partey’s camp are worried about his injury
Goal’s Charles Watts has revealed that people close to Partey are seriously worried about the extent of his injury. He also claimed that Partey is absolutely devastated to be injured again, and so are we.
He said on his YouTube channel: “I spoke to people fairly close to Thomas Partey earlier this morning, and they said they’re genuinely worried about the injury. He’s desperate to help the team.”
“He’s devastated to be injured again and that he’d fought back really hard to get back in the side for the Spurs game, and then for it to happen again, he’s devastated.”
Arsenal are yet to officially announce the true extent of Partey’s injury, but it does not look good. The Ghanaian is exactly the kind of player we need in the middle of the park. His style of play helps us maintain a perfect balance between attack and defence, but that will not be the case over the next few weeks.
Jamie Carragher recently labelled Partey as ‘Arsenal’s best player’ alongside fellow summer arrival Gabriel Magalhaes. (Sky Sports) The former Liverpool man is absolutely right, and Arteta’s job has now got a whole lot harder without the Ghanaian at his disposal.