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Partey set to miss the start of the season

by Koolkola

Arsenal have not clarify the extent of the injury picked up by Thomas Partey against Chelsea on Sunday, various reports suggest that the midfielder will miss the start of the season.

For goal.com, Charles Watts says the 28 year old will visit a specialist, but there’s a belief that the injury isn’t as severe as first feared.

It’s a real blow for Mikel Arteta who had seen the Ghanaian international enjoy a very positive pre-season. After an injury hit debut campaign with the club, it was hoped he could hit the ground running for the new campaign, so this is a bit of a setback.

The manager is not short of midfield options, with Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and new signing Albert Sambi Lokonga all available to him, but losing a player of Partey’s quality is a blow.

Lucas Torreira remains absent, with no date yet set for his return to England after his loan spell in Spain last season, and Copa America duty during the summer.

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