Because of his “significant injury,” Mikel Arteta has stated that it is extremely unlikely that Thomas Partey will play for Arsenal again this season.
Following a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace earlier this month, the Ghanaian international has been out of action for several weeks.
Charles Watts, a Goal.com football writer who covers Arsenal, revealed this week that he has spoken with people close to the former Atletico Madrid midfielder, who will cost £45 million when he joins the club in 2020.
Furthermore, Watt stated that it was not impossible for the 28-year-old to make a full recovery before the conclusion of the current season.
Arteta, on the other hand, told Football London this afternoon that Partey will almost certainly miss the remainder of the season.
“He’s progressing, but he’s coming off a significant injury, and it’s a recurring injury as well, so we don’t expect him to make significant progress quickly enough to see him this season, but hopefully I’m wrong,” he said.
Partey will not be available for selection until next season, despite Watts’s ray of hope in midweek.
Fortunately, Mohamed Elneny has been an absolute hero for Arsenal over the past couple of games, and Ian Wright has urged the club to extend his contract with the club.
After victories over Chelsea and Manchester United in consecutive games over the past nine days, Arsenal travel to West Ham on Sunday looking to build on that momentum. Egypt international Mohamed Elneny was outstanding in both of those games.
Midfield is a crucial position for any team, and anything less than stellar performances from Elneny could have resulted in defeats for Arteta’s side. However, with the former Basel star performing at his current level, the impact of losing Partey until next season should be mitigated to some extent.
It remains to be seen whether Elneny can maintain this level of performance over the course of the next five Premier League games.
In some ways, impressing against Chelsea and Manchester United was easier because there was no pressure or expectation placed on Elneny, but now there is, and the 29-year-old will undoubtedly face another, albeit different, challenge when he travels to London to face West Ham United on Saturday.