Charles Watts, the Arsenal correspondent for Goal, has been discussing the situation regarding Thomas Partey during a recent YouTube video.
Partey returned to the side for the weekend’s north London derby but had to be substituted on the stroke of half time after suffering a recurrence of the thigh injury that saw him miss a number of games prior to Sunday.
The Gunners signed the Ghanaian midfielder on the final day of the transfer window for a reported £45m, but having suffered an injury during the game versus Aston Villa last month, he missed the fixtures against Leeds United and Wolves (as per Transfermarkt).
Speaking the day after the derby defeat, the journalist shared an update on the 27-year-old’s situation. Here is what he had to say:
“Thomas Partey now looks like he’s going to be out for a fair while yet, we still don’t know exactly the extent of how he’s aggravated his injury; it’s the same problem.
“I spoke to people fairly close to Thomas Partey earlier this morning, and they said they’re genuinely worried about the injury, he’s desperate to help the team, he’s devastated to be injured again and that he’d fought back really hard to get back in the side for the Spurs game, and then for it to happen again, he’s devastated.”
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Although the journalist didn’t provide any indication as to when the former Atletico Madrid midfielder can be expected to return, he did reveal that those close to the player are worried and the player himself is ‘devastated’.
It could be argued that the Gunners’ most impressive result this season was the victory at Old Trafford over Manchester United – a fixture they had not won in the league for over 14 years – in which the midfielder turned in a very impressive display, earning himself a performance rating of 7.96/10 (as per WhoScored).
Given the level of investment made in order to bring the £45m-rated player to the club and his qualities, you can understand why Mikel Arteta could be left extremely frustrated by the fact Partey broke down again during the team’s latest defeat.