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Arteta provides Partey fitness update

Sun 10 January 2021 | 9:13

The Ghanaian midfielder was absent in his team’s FA cup match against Newcastle but he could be an option for the Gunners’ next match.

Having left 

Atletico Madrid

 in the summer transfer window, 

Thomas Partey

 joined Arsenal with a £45 million deal to improve the team’s midfield. However, the player has not been able to find his rhythm at Emirates due to injuries. The 27-year old was sidelined on November 9 after a thigh injury in his team’s match against Aston Villa. As the player has joined team training since last week, Arsenal fans were hoping that they will be able to see Partey in the Gunners FA Cup match against

Newcastle

on Saturday. However, 

Mikel Arteta

 was not keen to take a risk and didn’t include the player in the team’s squad. In a post-match interview, Arteta provided an update on the Ghanaian midfielder.

"Yes, because we assessed the situation, how much training he's done, the boxes that he ticked and he was still a little bit short."

Arsenal boss hinted that Partey might take part in the team’s upcoming match against Crystal Palace.

"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."

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