- Partey suffered the injury before Arsenal played Sevilla in the Champions League
- Arteta confirmed that both Partey and Gabriel Jesus will miss a few weeks of action
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Thomas Partey will be out “for a few weeks” with a muscle injury.
Partey missed Tuesday night’s win over Sevilla in the Champions League and Arteta confirmed the 30-year-old suffered the blow in the final training session before that game.
Ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League home game against Sheffield United on Saturday, Arteta said: “He has a muscle injury.” We expect he will be out for a few weeks.
“We don’t know the extent of it, he has more tests today.” “He learned it in the last training session, the last ball kick, before Sevilla.”
Asked whether Partey had exacerbated the problem during his international duty with Ghana, Arteta replied: “I don’t think so.” He was coming off an absence and needed minutes. He played with the national team. We try to always stay in touch with them.
Thomas Partey will be out for “a few weeks” with a muscle injury, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirmed on Friday ahead of their game against Sheffield United
The midfielder sustained the injury in the final training session before the win against Sevilla
Gabriel Jesus has also picked up a muscle injury and could be out for a few weeks, Arteta confirmed
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“Then we had two very close games with Chelsea and Sevilla. We decided not to sign him at Chelsea and use him at Sevilla and then it happened in training.
“So sometimes it’s difficult. We’re trying to prevent it. If he had gotten injured against Chelsea or against City, people would have said we rushed him. And then we don’t and he gets hurt. It happens. This is football.’
This comes as Arteta confirmed that striker Gabriel Jesus will also miss a similar period of time after he hobbled in the Sevilla win.
The Brazilian felt a strain in his hamstring during the Champions League match at the Ramon Sánchez Pizjuan Stadium, in which he scored a goal and provided an assist to Gabriel Martinelli.
Arteta said: “The scan showed there is a muscle injury. “We could lose him for a few weeks.
“With Gabby, I can’t give you a time frame because he always surprises us.”
He added: “He felt something there, it was a really unpleasant action.” It’s true that he had quite a strain in the games with the national team and with us, something he hasn’t done for a long time. This is really bad news for us.’
Arsenal will be looking to reduce the gap on Premier League leaders and north London rivals Tottenham, who could move five points clear if they beat Crystal Palace on Friday evening.