Arsenal have been dealt a three-pronged attack on their ambitions after summer signing Thomas Partey became the latest player to be ruled out of Sunday’s clash at Leeds United.
The Gunners had previously been dealt a significant setback to their plans after it was confirmed that he needed to undergo a scan in the 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa prior to the international break.
Partey has since been previously as having suffered a thigh injury, ruling him out for the trip to Elland Road. In a note of consolation for Arsenal fans, the Ghanaian has undergone a rehabilitation session at the club’s training ground, but the £45m summer signing will not be fit in time to face the Whites.
Partey will continue to work closely with the Gunners’ medical team in a bid to get him back to full fitness as soon as possible. The 27-year-old also missed an international clash between Ghana and Sudan as a result of his injury.
In a further blow, it also emerged that Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac are quarantining – meaning both of the holding midfield duo which excelled against Manchester United in the Gunners’ 1-0 triumph three weeks ago will be ruled out of action for the time being.
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The importance of Partey and Elneny in Arteta’s plans lately cannot be understated.
The duo were previously likened to ex-Gunners duo Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin for their combinations and their ability to boss the midfield against the Red Devils – high praise, for sure.
Losing two anchoring midfielders is certainly capable of leading a void in Arteta’s strategy. Expect the likes of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos to step up in their absence.