Arsenal have been handed a major injury blow as it has emerged that Thomas Partey will miss around six weeks with a groin injury.
The midfielder was absent from the matchday squad against Manchester United, and watched on from the stands in the Emirates Stadium as two injury-time goals saw his side scrape a 3-1 win over the Red Devils on Sunday afternoon.
His injury had already been confirmed by Ghana, who had revealed that he wasn’t called up for the international’s over the upcoming break due to it and was expected to be out for ‘a while’.
After the win, Mikel Arteta confirmed those fears.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Unfortunately he got an injury in training and it doesn’t look good, we need some more tests, we believe he’s going to be out for weeks. We think it’s a groin but can be something in between”.
Now, the Daily Mail report that the Ghanaian midfielder is set for six weeks on the sideline, but Arsenal hope to have him back after October’s international break.
Should he indeed be out until then, Partey will miss home games against Tottenham and Manchester City, as well as the first two of the club’s Champions League group stage games and the third round of the Carabao Cup against Brentford.
It stretches Mikel Arteta’s ranks even more thinly, with defender Jurrien Timber sidelined for the season with a knee injury and Thomas Partey having been deployed at right back for the first three games of the campaign.
Gabriel Jesus is returning from a knee injury, however, while Oleksandr Zinchenko made his first start in three months against Erik ten Hag’s side on Sunday.