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Arsenal: Charles Watts claims club are hopeful Thomas Partey will be fit for Liverpool match

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Football correspondent Charles Watts has claimed that Arsenal are ‘still hoping’ Thomas Partey will be fit for the club’s next game.

Heading into the current international break, Arsenal were in great form. Indeed, they had not been beaten in their last 10 games across all competitions.

As a result, when they travel to Anfield in the upcoming Premier League match, a win would see them overtake Liverpool in the table.

However, Partey missed the club’s last game (a 1-0 win against Watford) and, according to Watts, will now likely miss both of Ghana’s international fixtures.

Despite the concerns, the journalist said that, as far as he understands, the club are hopeful regarding the midfielder’s chances of playing against the Reds

While speaking on his own YouTube channel, Watts said (13:08): “It’s looking very very unlikely, unless he flies out today, that he [Partey] is going to be involved for Ghana in that crucial time for them and their World Cup hopes. 

“Obviously that’s gonna be a big disappointment for him. It’s gonna be a big disappointment for Ghana. But if he’s not ready, he’s not ready. 

“And Arsenal certainly wouldn’t want him risking aggravating that injury further with that big gaming as Liverpool coming up after the International break.

“My understanding of it is that Arsenal are still hoping that he will be available for that Liverpool game and this is more of a precautionary thing rather than a really serious injury. But that’s something, we’ll have to see how that progresses over the coming week.

“But in terms of him and Ghana and the international break, it’s looking like bad news for them with Thomas Partey still at Arsenal.”

TIF thoughts on Thomas Partey and Arsenal…

For all their good form, the Gunners will likely face their toughest match in some time when they travel to Liverpool. Last season, the Reds beat Arsenal comfortably both home and away in the Premier League.

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Mikel Arteta will no doubt be desperate for Partey to be back in time for this clash. The Ghanaian hasn’t actually lost a game for his club in his eight appearances so far this term across all competitions.

A win could take Arsenal into the Champions League places while seeing Liverpool drop out of that position. There is currently just two points and one place between the two sides.

Considering how tight things are towards the top of the table, Partey will be much needed for this encounter.

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