“I know I’m a very crucial part of Arteta’s plan but my days at Arsenal has come to an end, I’m sorry Arsenal fans”- Arsenal player Thomas Partey admits he has agreed with Mikel Arteta to take a ‘dramatic’ action after injuring himself AGAIN before of the Chelsea match next weekend.
Mikel Arteta takes extraordinary action again in response to Thomas Partey’s injury ahead of the Chelsea match.
Thomas Partey has recently returned to Arsenal action following an injury layoff, and the club has dispatched a physio to keep tabs on him while he is on international duty.
Arsenal has sent team physiotherapist Simon Murphy to Ghana to monitor Thomas Partey during the international break.
The midfielder is on international duty but has been sidelined with a groin injury all season, missing the last four Premier League games until making a brief cameo in the final moments of the win over Manchester City on Sunday.
Given how important Partey was during Arsenal’s title challenge last season, Mikel Arteta wants to get him back on track. He is aware that the 30-year-old is exacerbating his injury and has opted to send Murphy out to be with Partey while on Ghana duty, according to The Metro.
The Black Stars will play friendlies against Mexico and the United States on Sunday and Wednesday, respectively, with Partey expected to play some role in both games. Arsenal previously dispatched a physiotherapist to Ghana to treat the player’s injury, also in March.
Arsenal is battling with a number of injuries. Bukayo Saka was unable to play in last weekend’s win over City and has withdrawn from England’s current set of international matches. Jurrien Timber is another one of their frequent absentees.
When Arsenal returns from the international break, they will face Chelsea in a London derby and will want to ensure Partey is fully fit. Last season, he played alongside Granit Xhaka, but the Swiss international left in the summer, and Declan Rice arrived from West Ham.
Partey was said to be leaving the Emirates, but Arteta insisted on keeping the player and pairing him with Rice in the middle of the pitch, which he’s rarely been able to do owing to his fitness concerns.
“Thomas Partey is a super-important player for us and for me, and we want him to be on the team,” he remarked in the summer. They [he and Rice] may play together. That was in my intentions – if we want to enhance the squad and have more quality, we need players who can play together as well as players in the same positions who must compete for their positions.
It’s something we haven’t seen in a long time. We want to improve this, which is why we brought in Declan. Every time I spoke to him [Partey] and had a chat with him, he expressed a desire to remain with us.”