Thomas Partey's request to get back to full fitness is taking time, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta claimed he probably will miss “the next few games” with a "significant injury."
The Ghana midfielder didn't play for the Gunners since sustaining an injury during the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League.
He had an injury very early in the game [against Aston Villa], he wanted to continue the second half
We knew it was a significant injury. He's done very well and he's working very hard, he wants to be available.
Hopefully we can get him back soon but it's an area we need to be careful and we need to be protective with the player.
I don't think he will be with us in the next few games.
The news will be surprising for
, whose form has been weak since
will not use the his absence as an excuse.
We have many different issues but I don't like to use that excuse,” he said. “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.
After the defeat to Villa, they drew 0-0 with Leeds, looking poor in the process, and lost at home to Wolves on Sunday.
As a talented midfielder, Partey is not accountable for
’s attempts in front of goal. But his energetic style allows others to show themselves believing they have cover, and he will be extremely missed in the future London derby.