Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Thomas Partey could be available for their trip to Leicester on Saturday with Gabriel Jesus also closing in on a return.

Salah-Eddine Oulad M'hand and Thomas Partey in pre-season training (Photo via
Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand and Thomas Partey in pre-season training (Photo via

Arsenal play against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Gunners are hoping to widen the gap between them and second-placed Manchester City to five points before Pep Guardiola’s side hosts Bournemouth later in the day.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Mikel Arteta gave an update about Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus. About the midfielder, Arteta said, “He hasn’t trained much but it looks like he could be available.”

About Gabriel Jesus, Arteta added, “He’s progressing well.

“Doing more and more on the field. The knee’s not reacting so it’s positive. We want him back quickly but respect the timeline from the doctors.”

Leicester, meanwhile, are sweating over the fitness of a midfielder of their own.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that James Maddison is a doubt ahead of the match.

According to Rodgers, Maddison is still nursing a knee injury and will be assessed before the match.

Maddison has been a key player for the Foxes this season, having scored nine goals and provided five assists in the Premier League so far.