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'We were all devastated': Arteta says mid-week news really hurt everyone at Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed in his press conference today that everyone at the club were devastated to hear about yet another injury to Thomas Partey.

The Gunners announced earlier this week that the Ghanaian will miss the game against Leeds United this weekend. Partey has suffered a hamstring injury and there are growing fears around the club that he might miss a lot more than just one game.

Arteta revealed that Partey, like everyone else, was devastated to hear about his injury. The Arsenal boss admitted that it is a huge blow for us ahead of what is now a very important run of fixtures in the league and in Europe.

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Arteta said, as per Arsenal.com: “It is a difficult one, he felt something during the game and we didn’t think it was too bad but after the scan looked a little bit worse. He won’t be available to play against Leeds and we will see how it evolves in the next two days but it is a muscular issue.

“He was devastated, we were all devastated because we know the importance of Thomas and we haven’t had him since we signed him, we haven’t had him in three games consecutively. I think he has only played 90 minutes once since he has come back from injury.

“So it is a big blow for us but he is adapting to the league, he has been very unlucky as well and he is very frustrated because he is a very competitive guy who wants to feel important and be important for the team and at the moment the injuries are restricting a lot of game time for him.”

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The injury curse strikes again

Before joining Arsenal, Partey had missed just six games through injury in his entire professional career. Since his move to the Emirates, he has already missed 10 games, and it looks like he will miss a few more in the coming weeks.

It genuinely feels like a curse at this point. Our two best players – Partey and Kieran Tierney – have struggled with injuries this season and that has clearly had an impact on our results.

Arsenal can’t really do much but pray that both of them come back ASAP. If Partey and Tierney return for most of our remaining games this season, we will have a good chance of finishing on a high.

However, the signs don’t look great and the fixture congestion is just making things worse – not just for us, but for every team in the country.

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