Thomas Partey ended up missing both Ghana fixtures over the international break, but Arsenal remain hopeful he’ll be fit this weekend.
Ghana left it late to secure progression to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers, drawing with Ethiopia to ensure only a win in their final game would be enough.
The side were hoping Thomas Partey would have joined up with them by the time they played against South Africa on Sunday, but he was unable to.
Fortunately for Partey and his national team, Ghana won anyway to book their place in a two-legged qualification play-off for the final tournament.
According to Charles Watts, the plan was for the midfielder to fly out on Friday. Unfortunately, he was still receiving treatment at Arsenal at that stage.
All the same, Arsenal are “still hopeful” he could be fit for the match against Liverpool.
You’d think there’s at least a good chance of a timely recovery, given the South Africa match was even a possibility.
Partey will have almost a whole extra week between that game and the Liverpool clash, and he’s avoided having to fly back and forth between continents.
The Arsenal midfielder was initially ruled out of action with a tight groin, in the build-up to the Premier League match against Watford.
Personally, I’d argue that Arteta needs to pick a side that can attack. Liverpool are so good in front of goal that you can’t simply rely on keeping a clean sheet. Arsenal probably need to score at least one to even pick up a point.
If Partey is available, he provides a nice balance between attack and defence. Otherwise, Arteta has a decision to make.