After Arsenal dispatched Rapid Vienna with ease on Thursday night, all attention turned to the north London derby at the weekend.
Mikel Arteta was asked after the 4-1 win which saw Arsenal display an attacking intent rarely seen these days, if Thomas Partey would be fit to face Spurs at the weekend.
“He’s putting a lot of pressure on us,” Arteta said. “He’s training tomorrow (Friday) with us and let’s see how it goes in the next couple of days.”
Arsenal had been quite vague with their updates regarding Partey who suffered both a thigh and ankle injury. This news, however, is promising.
Until this update, Partey had not been training with the first team as he ‘progressed with his rehabilitation’.
Given Arteta made it clear Partey is busting to play at White Hart Lane, don’t rule him out just yet.
Speaking justyesterday, Arteta said about Partey, “Again he is really pushing. Every day he is trying to get around the doctor and the physios. He hasn’t trained with the team yet. So this week let’s see if he can get a session or two.”
Asked if the win would breed confidence ahead of the game against Spurs, Arteta replied, “We’ve been really consistent in this competition I think the boys showed great energy, character and aggression today. Right from the beginning you could feel that they were touched from the last defeat and everybody individually played a really good game.
“Again we were in the final third really aggressive with the ball. We created many chances for goals and probably should have scored more.
“Now, let’s take that into Sunday a very special game, we’re all looking forward to it and let’s do it again.”