Mikel Arteta says Thomas Partey is devastated by after picking up a hamstring injury against Aston Villa.
The midfielder missed a couple of months with a thigh injury that he thought wouldn’t take more than two weeks but relapsed.
After returning mid-January, the 27-year-old went on to make five consecutive starts alongside Granit Xhaka in the center of the park before picking up an this latest injury against Aston Villa.
Although how long he will be out has not been revealed, he is expected to miss the Leeds game this weekend and the first leg of our Europa league tie against Benfica.
“It’s a difficult one,” said Arteta on Friday morning. “He felt something during the game but we didn’t think it was too bad.
“After the scan, it looked a little bit worse. He won’t be available to play against Leeds and we’ll see how it evolves in the next few days but it’s a muscular situation.
“He was devastated. We were all devastated because we know the importance of Thomas.
“We haven’t had him in three games consecutively. He’s only played 90 [minutes] once since he came back from the injury. It’s a big blow for us. He’s adapting to the league and I think he’s been very unlucky as well.
“He’s very frustrated because he’s a really competitive guy who wants to feel important and be important for the team. At the moment, the injuries are restricting a lot of game time for him.”