Thomas Partey will miss out on the Arsenal squad to face Leeds United this weekend, despite earlier reports he would be involved.

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

Arsenal report that Thomas Partey has a thigh injury that they’re continuing to assess. However, the club add that Partey won’t be available for this Sunday’s match as he continues his rehabilitation.

This news runs contrary to reports from Partey’s side, with his camp reportedly informing TheAFCBell that the player would be back with the team immediately after the international break.

TheAFCBell have responded by reiterating that there’s no relapse or more serious injury for Partey, insisting the absence will not last long even if he can’t make it back for this weekend.

Unfortunately, however, it looks like Partey won’t be able to start this weekend. With Mohamed Elneny also missing through Covid, that’s Arsenal’s starting midfield from the last game gone. A big blow against an organised and hard-working Leeds side.

In their places, you’d expect Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos to start. The likes of Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe can easily step up to the bench, and they should.

Willock should have been involved already, and Smith Rowe was only previously missing as he built his fitness. He now has three u23 appearances under his belt (and two goals!).

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