Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has delivered a scary update about Thomas Partey after the midfielder limped off the pitch with an injury in our defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates this afternoon.
The Gunners started the game well, but a defensive error while keeping a high line put the visitors 1-0 up. Granit Xhaka pulled one back for us, but another mistake by Hector Bellerin restored the Blues’ lead.
Arsenal could still have picked up the win. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed two fairly easy chances, while a perfectly good goal by Joe Willock was disallowed because goal-line technology wasn’t employed in today’s game.
All in all, it was a good run out for the boys against a tough Chelsea side this afternoon. However, the real cause for concern is Partey’s injury, and Arteta’s comments will surely scare all Arsenal supporters.
Arteta: Thomas Partey injury not looking good
The Arsenal boss said, as per The Evening Standard: “I just had a talk with the doc.
“He (Partey) is going to have a scan tomorrow. At the moment, it is not looking good because he was in pain and he could not continue, which for Thomas is unusual.”
What a shame
Partey has been absolutely brilliant in pre-season so far. He was dominating the game against Chelsea today as well, but to see him hobble off with an injury and potentially miss the start of the new season, as a result, is a big shame.
The results of the Ghanaian’s scan could have a huge impact on Arteta and Edu’s transfer plans. If Partey is ruled out for a long period, we will have to bring in a new midfielder, even if Granit Xhaka ends up staying.
That’s not ideal at all considering that we have other areas to fill as well. However, this is a position Arteta and Edu simply cannot ignore ahead of the start of what is arguably our most important season in over two decades.