Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey could be available for the game against Leeds United on Sunday, according to reports in the UK.
The Ghanaian international suffered another thigh injury in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend, but it appears that the 27-year-old will be back in action very soon. Fans on Twitter are frustrated about the player’s recent injury record and they are hoping he is not being rushed back:
Is Partey the next “Diaby”?
— Gooner Abroad (@Shawn_Nje_4) February 8, 2021
Can we have a fully fit Tierney and Partey in the team?What is it with these niggling injuries?
— Sam Jonyo (@jonyo_sam) February 8, 2021
Just let the man rest
No need to rush him back into action
— DabeluGod (@Dabz_Oj) February 8, 2021
Allow the guy to fully recuperate. This half hazard fitness test and recovery is not helping anyone.
— Joey (@Inquisitivejoey) February 8, 2021
Rest him and have him fresh for benfica scrap the league
— Veer (@VeerKantelia1) February 8, 2021
Ahh arsenal where World class players come to get injured and slowly dwindle.
— Arsenalvents (@arsenalvents) February 8, 2021
Save him for the Europa league, unfortunately league games are pointless now…
— MartinelliSZN (@MartisakaFc) February 8, 2021
Rest him and save him for benfica 👍🏻
— Jake Turner (@jaket1995) February 8, 2021
Arsenal = making quality players injury prone 😭😂
— 🔆❇️ David Williams ❇️🔆 (@DavidWilliams) February 8, 2021
Save him for the Benfica game , probably should prioritise EL now over the league.
— Will (@Willrich01380) February 8, 2021
As some supporters have said, the priority has to be the Gunners’ Europa League clash against Benfica on Thursday week, rather than the league clash versus Leeds this weekend.
Recent defeats versus Wolves and Aston Villa mean the prospect of finishing in the European places is looking less and less likely so the Benfica game has to be the focus for manager Mikel Arteta and his team.
Partey needs to be in the best possible shape for that match and hopefully, he can get over this most recent fitness setback, and be fit and firing ahead of the Europa League tie.