The former Atletico Madrid man was named in the starting XI by Black Stars manager Otto Addo. Partey took to the field to warm up but felt something in his knee that forced him to pull out of the game.
Arsenal fans have since been worried sick.
What people close to Arsenal’s Thomas Partey think about his injury
Arsenal’s first game after the international break is against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby. We need all our key players to be available for that game at the Emirates, but the news about Partey pulling out left fans really concerned.
However, there’s nothing to be worried about. Goal journalist Charles Watts has revealed that ‘people close to Partey’ have told him that the midfielder’s withdrawal from Ghana’s squad against Brazil was just precautionary.
Watts said in a video on his YouTube channel today: “Good news as far as I understand when it comes to Thomas Partey and this injury. It was just purely absolutely a precaution. Sounds like it was an issue with his knee. There was a report coming out from Ghana I saw that it was an issue with his knee that he felt in the warm-up.
“The decision was taken just not to risk it. Now I’ve spoken to people close to Thomas Partey today and they absolutely do not think it was anything serious whatsoever. He is not going to be coming back to Arsenal, he is going to stay with Ghana by all accounts.
“They do have another game coming up this week, and it doesn’t sound like he will play in that. Not because of the injury. It could be that the coach is going to use that game to have a look at some of the other players in his squad ahead of the World Cup rather than the… guaranteed starters.
“So on the whole, it sounds relatively positive for Thomas Partey. Obviously, it’s a worry that he has felt something but it doesn’t sound like it’s anything that should be keeping him out of the Spurs game after the international break.”
The Insider’s View:
Every time Partey goes down or shows some sign of visible discomfort, our heart skips a beat. The Ghanaian has had a torrid time with injuries since he joined us back in 2020, having missed 36 games in all competitions already.
That is a shocking record, but the news this time around seems to be a good one, and hopefully, he will be back without any trouble for the big game next Saturday.
Facing Antonio Conte’s side will not be easy, even though they haven’t looked great this season. However, if Partey has a solid game in the middle of the park, Arsenal will likely pick up all three points.