Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey tipped for possible Spurs appearance after conflicting injury reports

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Arsenal unveil new signing Thomas Partey at London Colney on October 13, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Partey confusion

Thomas Partey’s recent fitness has been of great concern to Arsenal, their fans and Mikel Arteta. The Ghanaian arrived for a £45 million fee, and made an instant impact. The 27-year-old was key in Arteta and the Gunners earning their first league win at Old Trafford since 2006, and away win against a ‘big 6’ side since 2015.

However, Partey was substituted at half-time against Aston Villa prior to the international break after suffering an injury, and has not featured since. During that time, Arsenal’s form has been dire. The club went on to lose 3-0 against Villa, and have not won a league game since.

Arteta has come under increased scrutiny, and it is difficult not to feel that Partey’s absence has contributed to Arsenal’s poor start to the season. Recently, the Gunners boss suggested that the midfielder would be out for ‘a few games’, but that may in fact not be the case.

@TheAFCBell on Twitter has proven to be a reliable source of information when it comes to Partey, and confirmed the Ghanaian’s arrival at the club before all other outlets. Now, the account has stated that there could be a ‘pleasant surprise’ for Arsenal fans when it comes to Partey’s availability for Sunday’s north London derby.

‘Information for #جرس_أرسنال : Although Arsenal has not announced an official return date for the player, there is an opportunity for a pleasant surprise next Sunday, as some sources indicated to us that Thomas Partey may be on the team list for the Tottenham match (not necessarily starting the match) if he passes late checks next Saturday.’

The return of Partey would provide a huge boost for Mikel Arteta, as his side could close the gap on their capital rivals to just 5 points in the Premier League table with a win.

Extraordinary to have fans back

Mikel Arteta will be welcoming up to 2000 fans back to the Emirates stadium on Thursday, for Arsenal’s Europa League meeting with Rapid Vienna.

Speaking ahead of the match, the Spaniard was clearly buoyed by the imminent return of the club’s supporters.

“It is going to be extraordinary to have them back, it will feel strange,” he said. “The club has done amazing work to facilitate everybody at short notice to be able to attend the stadium and I am sure it will work really well,” said Arteta.
“I am feeling sorry as well for thousands of fans that I am sure would like to make it, but can’t be there.”

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey tipped for possible Spurs appearance after conflicting injury reports

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Mikel Arteta the manager / head coach of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

“We are ready to host as many as we possibly can. It is going to depend on how the pandemic develops, and the new measurements when we start to open things up a little bit and see how people react to that. Hopefully we can do that.”

Despite fans now being allowed back into grounds, they will be discouraged from singing and chanting, in what is expected to be a bizarre yet at least somewhat familiar experience.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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