THOMAS PARTEY

Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey

Thomas PARTEY plays for Arsenal as a midfielder. He signed for the club on 5 October, 2020 and signed a contract until 2025.

Thomas Partey wears the number 18 shirt at Arsenal and his full name is Thomas Teye Partey.

The 27-year-old midfielder was born in Odumase Krobo, Ghana on 133 June 1993.

Thomas Partey is right-footed.

Is Thomas Partey fit?

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey receives medical attention during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
(Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Is Thomas Partey fit?

Thomas Partey is NOT fit

8 January 2021

Thomas Partey picked up another muscular injury in Arsenal’s defeat against Aston Villa on 6 February, so when are we likely to see the midfielder return to action?

Thomas Partey injury update BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Thomas Partey of Arsenal receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on February 06, 2021 in Birmingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

In the 74th minute of Arsenal’s game against Aston Villa on Saturday Thomas Partey just sat down. His muscles, it seems, had once again had enough of the Premier League.

Replaced by Willian, Arsenal now look set to be without Thomas Partey for at least a few games but we are unlikely to know how many until he actually returns because that’s how this new lot do things. Or don’t, as the case might be.

After Saturday’s latest debacle, Mikel Arteta said of Partey, “He had a muscular injury so we had to take him off

“He could not carry on playing.

“I don’t know [how bad it is],” he added.

“We will see the extent of the injury. He wasn’t feeling well enough to continue playing so we had to take him off.”

Thomas Partey injury history at Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Thomas Partey of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Before this injury, Partey had already missed 10 games for Arsenal in his first season in England. This is a player who missed just six in five years with the Atletico Madrid first team.

Colder, more physical conditions seem to be taking their toll.

Arsenal don’t play again until Leeds turn up at the Emirates on Valentine’s Day.

Smart money would be on Thomas Partey’s injury keeping him out of both that game at least.

Speaking in January about Thomas Partey when the midfielder was still out with his hip problem, Mikel Arteta highlighted his importance to the side.

“He has got a different presence, he brings something different to the team,” said Arteta. “It is not just about his talent, it is not just about his physicality, it is who he is as a person.

“He makes players better around him and that is a big, big quality. It is incredible that we are in January and we have only played him twice. We have not really seen the impact we believe he could have on the team.”

Arsenal currently sit in 10th place in the league once again, but only because so many teams below have games in hand. Our next Premier League opponents, for example, sit just two points behind us. Leeds have two games in hand, however, with Southampton and Palace, both also two points beneath Arsenal, having one.

“I think it is going to be a big bonus if we can keep him fit,” Arteta continued. “He is a special character and hopefully we can see him on the pitch finally.”

Hopefully.

Thomas Partey signed for Arsenal on deadline day when Arsenal triggered his £45m release clause, much to the annoyance of Atletico Madrid.

Partey made his Arsenal debut from the bench against Manchester City on 17 October, playing seven minutes and picking up a yellow card. Thomas made his full debut against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on 22 October 2020. He was also booked in that game after just 34 minutes.

Serving two yellow card suspensions last season for totting up, it is natural, therefore, to expect him to see similar time on the sidelines with Arsenal, especially given how quick Premier League refs are to book Arsenal players.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal reacts during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 09, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey receives medical attention during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

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Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey receives medical attention during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

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Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey receives medical attention during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

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Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (L) chats with Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (C) and Manchester United's Swedish defender Victor Lindelof (R) on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. - The game finished 0-0. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)

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Thomas Partey in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

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Thomas Partey stats

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mallorca (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División 37 5 1 0 38 5
Almería (loan) 2014–15 La Liga 31 4 1 0 32 4
Atlético Madrid 2015–16 La Liga 13 2 5 1 5 0 23 3
2016–17 16 1 2 0 6 0 24 1
2017–18 33 3 3 1 14 1 50 5
2018–19 32 3 3 0 6 0 1 0 42 3
2019–20 35 3 1 0 8 1 2 0 46 4
2020–21 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 132 12 14 2 39 2 3 0 188 16
Arsenal 2020–21 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 201 21 16 2 0 0 39 2 3 0 259 25

Arsenal shirt numbers: Thomas Partey

Arsenal signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on deadline day so what number did he get?

 

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City speaks to Thomas Partey of Arsenal following the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal paid Partey’s £45m release clause and the player has been announced as an Arsenal player, so what number did he get?

Partey wore the number 5 shirt at Atletico Madrid. At Arsenal, that is currently on the back of Sokratis, although he isn’t using it too much and the club were trying to get him out the door on the same day Partey would arrive, meaning it was briefly possible the midfielder could have the number he’d most likely want.

Sokratis ended up staying and Arsenal seem to have let him keep his number. Partey might have asked for the 22, the number he wore at Atletico for three seasons before he went back to the five. He can’t have that one as Pablo Mari is currently not using it.

Mari has also wore the six and seven for a single season each but they belong to Gabriel and Bukayo Saka respectively.

Lucas Torreira’s 11 became available when he completed his move to Atletico Madrid but that should never again be given to a defensive midfielder.

18 was the first number available at Arsenal and that’s exactly the one the Thomas has taken at the club.

via Arsenal direct

14 January 2021

Mikel Arteta thinks having Thomas Partey back will be a big bonus for the team, particularly for the impact he has on those around him.

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)

Thomas Partey looks to be in line for a return to the Arsenal squad on Thursday night, as Crystal Palace visit the Emirates Stadium. The midfielder hasn’t featured since December 6th, and he didn’t play any minutes for almost a month before that either.

Mikel Arteta is excited to finally have the 27-year-old back, after his injury rehabilitation. The Arsenal manager argues Partey brings more than just raw talent to the side.

“He has got a different presence, he brings something different to the team,” said Arteta. “It is not just about his talent, it is not just about his physicality, it is who he is as a person.

“He makes players better around him and that is a big, big quality. It is incredible that we are in January and we have only played him twice. We have not really seen the impact we believe he could have on the team.”

Arsenal have played Partey a few more times than just ‘twice’, but it’s possible Arteta is referring to the fact that the midfielder has only completed 90 Premier League minutes on two occasions.

In his other three appearances, he went off at half-time twice with injuries and came off the bench for seven minutes in the other game. He also completed 90 minutes in the Europa League win over Rapid Vienna.

“I think it is going to be a big bonus if we can keep him fit,” Arteta continued. “He is a special character and hopefully we can see him on the pitch finally.”

10 January 2021

Mikel Arteta has given a positive update on Thomas Partey’s fitness status ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Crystal Palace on Thursday.

Arsenal's Thomas Partey during the UEFA Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: 5th November 2020. Photo: David Klein / Sportimage
Arsenal’s Thomas Partey during the UEFA Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: 5th November 2020. Photo: David Klein / Sportimage

Thomas Partey returned to full squad training over the last week or so, but he wasn’t involved in Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Newcastle United at the weekend.

Speaking afterwards, Mikel Arteta explained that the midfielder was just a little bit short for the match. However, it looks like he has a good chance to be involved against Crystal Palace back in the Premier League on Thursday.

“We assessed the situation (with Partey ahead of the Newcastle match), how much training he’s done, the boxes that he ticked and he was still a little bit short,” Arteta said.

“Hopefully we will have him in the squad on Thursday. Let’s see how he trains in the next couple of days. He’s really good at the moment.”

That’s very good news for Arsenal fans, who would love to see him back in the starting lineup again. Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos have filled the right-central-midfield role well enough, but never with much consistency.

Granit Xhaka is back in form in the current system, and it would be an exciting prospect to see him alongside Partey and behind the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. It certainly has the makings of a strong side.

3 January 2021

Thomas Partey is back in training with Arsenal again, though the club are being understandably cautious with him this time around.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Arsenal's Thomas Partey (left) shoots towards goal during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Copyright: Paul Childs
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Arsenal’s Thomas Partey (left) shoots towards goal during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Copyright: Paul Childs

After missing four weeks of football in November, Thomas Partey immediately reinjured himself on his return in the North London derby last month. Another four weeks on, the 27-year-old is once again closing in on a comeback.

Partey has rejoined training with the Arsenal first-team squad, but he won’t be in the travelling party for Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion. The club medical staff don’t want another injury to set him back again.

Instead, Chris Wheatley reports that the Newcastle United match on January 9th is a realistic return date for the midfielder. It would also be a first opportunity for him to get a taste of English cup competition.

In his limited appearances so far, Partey has already won over many of the Arsenal fans. His absence is felt particularly keenly at the moment, with the team finally finding a functional system that would seem to suit him perfectly.

Whilst Arsenal have managed to grind out a couple of wins over Chelsea and Brighton, you’d think they could be even more effective with Partey playing the role currently filled by Mohamed Elneny – who hasn’t hugely impressed in those matches.

We’ll have to wait at least one more week, but at least we finally have a timeframe for Partey’s full recovery.

14 December 2020

Thomas Partey picked up a muscle strain in the North London derby that will likely keep him out until January, according to a report.

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Fred (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 Brazilian midfielder Fred (R) on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

TheAFCBell claim Thomas Partey didn’t suffer any cuts or muscle tears, but he did strain a thigh muscle close to the site of his previous injury. There was no need for surgery, so that’s the good news.

Partey started his treatment program on Wednesday, and the club will continue to assess his response to it on a daily basis. For now, they’ve set January as a possible return date.

Mikel Arteta recently insisted that though Partey’s injury is in the same place as his last setback, it’s not the exact same injury, and he was tested thoroughly prior to making the starting lineup against Spurs.

Partey hasn’t had much luck with Arsenal so far, since his transfer to the club in October. The midfielder only made a few starts before picking up two injuries against Aston Villa, and when he returned a month later, he immediately picked up another.

Considering he cost the club so much to bring in, the situation isn’t ideal. But Partey’s quality has been clear in the games he has played, so we can only hope he comes good and has an injury-free run from January onwards.

11 December 2020

Thomas Partey will miss the next few matches with injury, but Mikel Arteta says the setback wasn’t something they could predict.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Arsenal's Thomas Partey (left) shoots towards goal during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Copyright: Paul Childs
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Arsenal’s Thomas Partey (left) shoots towards goal during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Copyright: Paul Childs

Thomas Partey hasn’t had much luck with Arsenal so far, since his transfer to the club in October. The midfielder only made a few starts before picking up two injuries against Aston Villa, and when he returned a month later, he immediately picked up another.

The timing of the North London derby injury wasn’t great. For a start, it happened right before Spurs launched a counter-attack for their second goal, but it also raised questions about Arsenal’s late decision to include him in the game.

Mikel Arteta confirmed the injury is in the same area as before, but it’s not exactly the same problem and they’d run all the required tests before starting him last weekend.

“He got injured in the same area, not exactly the same spot but the same area as before,” Arteta said. “He will miss the next few matches.

“We tested him three times (before Spurs) and he had zero symptoms, but in football, you have a lot of unpredictable actions.

“He went into the floor, his knee got stuck, afterwards he stretched and got up. Immediately he put a lot of stress in a similar area and it happened.”

TheAFCBell report that the player and club initially feared a more serious injury, but although the MRI results did show an injury, it wasn’t as bad as they expected. At this stage, there’s still no set return date for him.

8 December 2020

Thomas Partey picked up another injury in the same place as his previous one during the North London derby on Sunday.

Arsenal's Thomas Partey during the UEFA Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: 5th November 2020. Photo: David Klein / Sportimage
Arsenal’s Thomas Partey during the UEFA Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: 5th November 2020. Photo: David Klein / Sportimage

TheAFCBell report that Thomas Partey aggravated the same problem he had before the derby clash. He wasn’t complaining of any pain before the game, and the medical team followed protocol carefully, but he still ended up with another injury.

The player will now undergo scans to determine the severity of the problem, and we won’t know how long he’ll be out until after the results.

After Sunday’s game, Mikel Arteta confirmed that Partey felt ‘something serious’ and suggested it was another thigh issue.

Even if ends up being a short-term problem, you’d expect Arsenal to err on the side of caution now, and leave him out for a few games.

It’s obviously terrible news for the team. Even half-fit, Partey looked like one of Arsenal’s better players against Spurs. We’re going into the busy festive period now, with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea visiting the Emirates Stadium later this month.

Partey’s last injury lasted from November 8th to December 6th. Given this is a recurrence of the same problem, it would be optimistic to expect the summer signing back this year.

7 December 2020

Thomas Partey suffered two injuries against Aston Villa but returned against Spurs only to make the problem worse, so when will he be back fit for Arsenal?

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (R) vies with Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (C) 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 Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (R) vies with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (C) 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 Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

Thomas Partey will miss more games for Arsenal as his injury, that was only meant to keep him out for a game or two, has resulted in what could be a serious problem for the player.

Would Thomas Partey have helped Arsenal against Wolves last Sunday? Undoubtedly, but it’s a bit much to expect one player to fix the sh*t-show that is Arsenal at present. That being said, it was only when he walked off the pitch, having aggravated an injury that was clearly not healed properly, did Arsenal go behind against Spurs.

As it stands, it looks like we will be leaving White Hart Lane this weekend without Partey or the points.

Speaking after the game, Mikel Arteta confirmed at his press conference that Partey felt the problem was ‘serious’.

“It was too quick,” Arteta said. “It was a four against two situation. Suddenly Thomas is coming towards us. I don’t know exactly how it happened, he felt something serious and we will look at it and talk about it.”

Speaking with the reporter immediately after the match he gave a bit more detail, stating that it was indeed a reoccurrence of the problem that had kept Partey out since Aston Villa.

Speaking about the midfielder after the Wolves game on Sunday night, Arteta said, “I don’t think he will be with us in the next few games but still, we’ve been missing a lot of players.

Arteta was also asked if that all meant the injury was worse than first feared to which he replied simply, “Yes.”

Yet, low and behold Partey was fit to start against Spurs.

Rumour had it that Partey would be out for the whole of December which now looks like it will be the case. It’s a massive blow to Arsenal’s who currently languish in 15th place some 11 points from the top but only seven from the relegation zone.

At the current rate, Arsenal are on track to collect 45 points by the end of the season.

2 December 2020

Thomas Partey is pushing to make his injury comeback this week, but there’s little certainty around the timeframe at this stage.

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Fred (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 Brazilian midfielder Fred (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)

In their pre-Rapid Vienna team news update, Arsenal remained vague on the exact timeframe of Thomas Partey’s return. They wrote that he’s “progressing with his rehabilitation” without any mention of a possible comeback date.

TheAFCBell then posted a more positive update, writing that despite the lack of an official return date, there’s a possibility Partey could make the squad to face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

However, he wouldn’t necessarily start the match, and it would all depend on whether he can pass late fitness checks this weekend.

Mikel Arteta then gave a similar update, suggesting that Partey is ‘pushing’ to be involved in the North London derby, but he hasn’t trained with the team again yet and still needs to pass further tests before he can do so.

“We need to scan him again to see how it has healed,” Arteta said. “I know if it is, Thomas wants to play tomorrow! Then we have to see medically that he is safe to participate this week at all.

“We don’t know (if he can play against Spurs). 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.”

It’s still a bit worrying that the problem is dragging on like this. It seems like Partey could be in contention for each and every game until a day or two before it – when he’s ruled out again.

I’d like to believe it’s just the medical team being cautious, and when he returns it’ll be the start of a long run of games.

30 November 2020

Is Thomas Partey fit? Thomas Partey will miss more games as the injury that was only meant to keep him out for a game or two turns into something worse.

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (R) vies with Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (C) 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 Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (R) vies with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (C) 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 Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

Would Thomas Partey have helped Arsenal against Wolves on Sunday? Undoubtedly, but it’s a bit much to expect one player to fix the sh*t-show that is Arsenal at present.

As it stands, it looks like we will be going to White Hart Lane next weekend without Partey, which sadly always seemed inevitable the longer Arsenal failed to provide more precise information about Partey.

Speaking about the midfielder after the Wolves game on Sunday night, Arteta said, “I don’t think he will be with us in the next few games but still, we’ve been missing a lot of players.

“We have many different issues but I don’t like to use that excuse. At the end of the day, we are always really close to winning football matches and we have ended up losing them in the last few games and this is only in our hands with the players that we have. It’s what we have to do, we cannot change that. It is in our hands.”

Arteta was also asked if that all meant the injury was worse than first feared to which he replied simply, “Yes.”

I’m not entirely sure how Arteta thinks Arsenal were ‘really close’ to winning the game against Wolves when most fans would agree we were lucky to only lose 2-1. Wolves dominated for the majority of the match and Arsenal never took the lead, only chased it.

Rumour has it that Partey could well be out for the whole of December which, if true, is a massive blow to Arsenal’s chances in the league with nine games in all competitions to play and five points to fourth place already in our way.

22 November 2020

With Egypt’s AFCON qualifier win against Togo during the international break, the fourth by an Arsenal’s player’s country this week, there could be trouble up ahead.

Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) celebrates with Arsenal’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny (R) on November 1, 2020. (Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

In isolation, of course I’m happy to see Arsenal players performing well with their countries. It was nice to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring for Gabon this week, and Nicolas Pepe getting a start in a win for the Ivory Coast.

But with Mohamed Elneny and Egypt also winning, whilst Ghana eased past Sudan without Thomas Partey this week, I’m starting to see a problem on the horizon.

As it stands – with half of the group stage left to play – Ghana, Ivory Coast, Gabon, and Egypt will all qualify for the next Africa Cup of Nations. They’ll take Partey, Pepe, Aubameyang, and Elneny with them to the tournament, set for January-February 2022.

That sounds like a while away, but it’s not. It’s next season. We have one summer window to prepare for the potential loss of four first-team players at once.

Not just any four players either. Three of them are in the club’s top-four most expensive acquisitions of all time. One is the club captain and was our top goalscorer last season.

Arsenal already have problems to deal with in the team, but now they need to ensure they end the next summer window with an extra striker and midfielder at the very least. Arguably at least two midfielders, given they already needed another.

The situation out wide is a little less problematic, with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson, and Bukayo Saka hopefully all ready to step up alongside Willian. But Pepe is currently Arsenal’s top contributor to goals this season, so he’ll still be missed.

There’s no cause for panic at this stage, but it’s a problem we can’t just dismiss and ignore until it’s too late.

20 November 2020

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!).

17 November 2020

Thomas Partey suffered both a thigh injury and a knock to his ankle against Aston Villa, with an update from Arsenal expected in the coming days.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Thomas Partey of Arsenal is substituted on for Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal is substituted on for Granit Xhaka of Arsenal on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

According to recent reports from TheAFCBell, Thomas Partey should return from injury in time to face Leeds United this weekend. However, there was some confusion of the exact nature of the injury.

The Ghana FA reported he had an ankle sprain, whilst Charles Watts wrote that it was a thigh injury. To clear things up, Chris Wheatley tweeted out that it was actually both. He suffered a thigh issue on top of an ankle knock in a collision with Emi Martinez.

Wheatley adds that Arsenal are expected to provide an official update of their own later this week. Hopefully, this will confirm the reports from Partey’s inner circle via TheAFCBell, and he’ll be ready to take on Leeds this weekend.

Arsenal have already lost Mohamed Elneny from midfield, after his positive Covid test. There are other options, from Xhaka and Ceballos to Willock and Smith Rowe, but few of them seem to have the same impact on the team as Partey does.