Thomas Partey will miss Arsenal’s Premier League opener against newly-promoted Brentford after suffering an ankle injury in pre-season.
Football London report that the Ghanaian international will sit out the Gunners’ first game of the new campaign. Partey came off with an ankle injury in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea over the weekend.
The 28-year-old midfielder’s Arsenal career has been litterest with injury problems since arriving from Atletico Madrid last summer.
Partey missed 17 games last campaign for the Gunners. For comparison, the former La Liga star was out for just six matches during his five years as a regular in the Spanish top-flight.
It is a frustrating update for supporters given how impressive Partey has been in pre-season. The midfielder shone in games against Rangers and Watford. And the African dynamo was on form in Saturday’s match against Chelsea.
However, it appears that this season could be similar to last year. Partey has been hit by the Arsenal injury curse that has plagued many players who have joined the club over the years.
Insider View: Arsenal can’t afford another season of Partey missing through injury
The signing of Partey last summer was a real sign of intent from Arsenal. And had the midfielder stayed fit for the entire campaign, there’s no telling what Mikel Arteta’s side could have achieved.
However, the reality we find ourselves played out a different story where Partey missed over a third of Arsenal’s games last season.
And whilst this newest injury doesn’t appear as bad as first thought as reported by James Benge, it’s still unfortunate news to hear.
Indeed, the Gunners need a miracle if they are to achieve anything of note this season. And an injury-free and inform Partey will be key for Arsenal if are to challenge for a European spot.