Mikel Arteta on the chances of Thomas Partey starting for Arsenal vs Newcastle

Mikel Arteta on the chances of Thomas Partey starting for Arsenal vs Newcastle

Newcastle clash

The Gunners are set to return to action on Monday night, in a meeting with Steve Bruce’s Magpies.

Arsenal will of course head into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, having seen a superb spell of recent form brought to an end this past Thursday.

Arteta’s men welcomed Crystal Palace to the Emirates, hoping to make it 5 straight wins across all competitions.

When all was said and done in north London, however, a game Palace side stifled their in-form hosts, to eventually emerge with a deserved share of the spoils:

A meeting with Newcastle, though, represents the ideal opportunity for the Gunners to quickly get back on track.

The Geordie outfit have looked nothing short of dreadful of late, amid an 8-game winless streak.

This stretch includes a League Cup exit at the hands of Brentford, FA Cup 3rd-round ousting courtesy of their upcoming opponents, and, most concerningly of all, a 1-0 defeat to Premier League basement dwellers Sheffield United last time out.

‘Looking for the next step’

As such, Mikel Arteta and co. will no doubt be confident in their chances of adding further to Newcastle’s woes with a dominant victory in 48 hours’ time.

And, as outlined above, ahead of his side’s meeting with the Magpies, the Arsenal boss has this weekend provided a fitness update on one of his side’s star men.

The player in question? Thomas Partey.

Mikel Arteta on the chances of Thomas Partey starting for Arsenal vs Newcastle

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Tottenham Hotspur battles for possession with Thomas Partey of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Ghanaian midfielder Partey returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines versus Palace on Thursday night, emerging from the bench midway through the 2nd-half.

In turn, speaking in a press conference ahead of Monday’s Emirates showdown, Arteta was inevitably drawn on whether or not the summer arrival in north London could be utilised from the off in 48 hours’ time.

And the Spaniard went on to explain:

‘Well he’s made the right step. Obviously he hasn’t played much football in the last four months. He had an injury in exactly the same place he had before when he got injured against Spurs. Now we have the reassurance that he can compete. He did it for 25, 30 minutes. He did it well, he didn’t feel anything so now we’re going to be looking for the next step.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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