Thomas Partey was among the names in the full Arsenal squad ahead of Tottenham Hotspur clash on Sunday, having trained ahead of the game but he was taken off as half-time approached.
Ahead of the North London derby, Arsenal have submitted their preliminary 24-man squad, per Football.London.
Arsenal confirmed Partey would start, he was then taken off with an injury. More updates when we get them
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It’s worth mentioning this is only the preliminary squad, and six names will drop off for the final 18 on matchday. However, there are some interesting additions to the final 24.
The big one is Thomas Partey’s return. He rejoins the squad after injury, training with them over the last couple of days. Whether he’s fit to start is another matter, but he looks likely to at least make the bench now.
David Luiz returns, after missing out on Thursday completely with the cut to his head. After Pablo Mari played his first senior match post-injury on Thursday, he’s also in his first preliminary Premier League squad of the season.
On the other hand, there’s still no Gabriel Martinelli, nor Calum Chambers after he too made his injury return to the first-team on Thursday. The other key absentee is Nicolas Pepe, of course, as he serves his red-card suspension.
Full 24-man Arsenal squad for Tottenham Hotspur
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Runar Runarsson & Matt Macey.
Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Sead Kolasinac & Kieran Tierney.
Midfielders: Dani Ceballos, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, Willian & Reiss Nelson.
Strikers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette & Eddie Nketiah.