Thomas Partey was forced off the pitch against Chelsea due to an ankle injury and Mikel Arteta’s comments after the game really scared Arsenal fans ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
A lot was expected of the Ghanaian after his big move to the Emirates last summer, but injuries really affected his season. We still got to see his brilliance in flashes, but fitness issues ruined his chances of performing consistently.
Partey certainly has a point to prove this season. He has looked absolutely outstanding in pre-season so far, but his latest injury, followed by Arteta saying ‘it is not looking good‘, has really worried Arsenal supporters.
When will Partey return from his injury?
Partey was clearly hurt and it looked like he was in a lot of pain on Sunday. Sports scientist and medical expert, Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT, claimed on Twitter that the Ghanaian is likely to have suffered a high ankle sprain, which usually rules players out for four to six weeks.
That’s definitely not ideal for Arsenal, but it’s not terrible either.
However, Samuel Zigah, Partey’s PR officer, posted a message to the midfielder on Twitter that convinced Gooners that he’s set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Thankfully, he returned with another tweet to all but confirm that Partey’s injury isn’t a bad one.
The Insider’s View:
There is no official confirmation from Arsenal about Partey’s injury just yet, but it does look like he will miss a few weeks of action. If Dr. Brar’s assessment is to be believed, he could be out for over a month, which rules him out of some big games.
Arsenal take on Brentford on the opening day before back to back games against Chelsea and Manchester City. We face Norwich in about five weeks time, and Partey has a decent chance of returning to action by then.
However, his absence against the Premier League and European champions is a big blow for Arsenal early in the season. Granit Xhaka will be a guaranteed starter now, but it will be interesting to see who slots in alongside him. Arteta has a big decision to make and hopefully, he makes the right one.