Arsenal blow before Spurs derby as Thomas Partey pulls out three minutes before match

dailystar.co.uk 10 days ago

Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur in the first match after the international break and Mikel Arteta and Co could be without one of their most vital midfield components

Arsenal will be hoping Partey's injury is not too serious
Arsenal will be hoping Partey's injury is not too serious

Arsenal may have suffered a huge blow as midfield general Thomas Partey limped off before Ghana’s match against Brazil

The former Atletico Madrid man was supposed to start the Black Stars’ clash against World Cup favourites Brazil. However, a knock picked up during the warm up saw him limp off three minutes before the Africans’ 3-0 loss against the South Americans.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos opened the scoring, before Tottenham Hotspur ace Richarlison scored a quick-fire brace before half-time. However, Mikel Arteta’s side will be hoping the experienced midfielder will be available for the north London derby after the international break.

While Partey did play 78 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-0 away victory over Brentford, the defensive midfielder has missed his side’s previous three matches. He was a huge miss in the Gunners’ 3-1 away loss to Manchester United at the start of September.

Partey was also a mere spectator for the Gunners’ back-to-back 2-1 victories over Fulham and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium. This will be a huge disappointment to Arteta and the rest of the Arsenal fan base.

The 29-year-old looked to have put his injury issues to bed when he comfortably played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s first three Premier League matches against Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Bournemouth. Arsenal will certainly need their enforcer fit and firing when they host bitter rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta could have an all too familiar headache for Arsenal's midfield
Arteta could have an all too familiar headache for Arsenal's midfield

Partey has formed a rock solid midfield partnership with fellow midfield hardman Granit Xhaka. The duo appear to be the spine of an Arsenal side who still have their noses ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League table.

While Albert Sambi-Lokonga has impressed on occasions, Arteta will want to have his most experienced eleven available for Antonio Conte’s side. Spurs may not have been at their best, but they are one of only two sides to have not lost a single match in the Premier League.

In fact, victory over Arsenal could see them move to the top of the table, if Manchester City fail to beat fellow rivals Manchester United.