Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey suffered a thigh injury in the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa yesterday, according to Goal‘s Charles Watts:
Thigh injury for Partey.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) November 8, 2020
The Ghanaian international was substituted at half time during the shock home loss, being replaced by Dani Ceballos. Supporters on Twitter are concerned that the 27-year-old could be out for a while:
— kakashi Hatake (@NaijaArsenal) November 8, 2020
I was led to believe he was unbreakable… unacceptable
— Insert name here (@OliverW10) November 8, 2020
Hopefully just enough to rule him out of any internationals
— IcemanDB10 (@10ryno) November 8, 2020
Wishing him quick recovery.
— Mj Tosh (@mikel_jackson) November 8, 2020
— Aaron (@aaronpatrick__) November 8, 2020
— 🏴 Ian 🏴 (@IanGoonerHolic) November 8, 2020
swear he had like 2 injuries in his entire career before joining us
— Tom 🇫🇮 (@afctomm_) November 8, 2020
— J.AFC (@J_AFC14) November 8, 2020
Hopefully, the international break will prove a sufficient amount of time for Partey to recover his fitness. The midfielder has been superb since his £45m move from Atletico Madrid last month and manager Mikel Arteta will want to have him back as soon as possible, considering how poorly they played against Villa.
As well as conceding three goals at home, they barely tested returning goalkeeper Emi Martinez during the 90 minutes, and the lack of creativity is a major worry.
Partey provides the steel in midfield which should help with both winning possession and setting up attacks so Arteta will be keeping his fingers crossed that he makes a swift return to action.