Following an injury sustained during Arsenal training, Mikel Arteta now anticipates that Thomas Partey won’t be available for “weeks.”
Following Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United by his Arsenal team, Arteta spoke with Football London.
Marcus Rashford’s first strike put the Gunners behind but Martin Odegaard swiftly pulled them even.
Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored late goals to ignite the Emirates Stadium, giving Arsenal the victory after a long search.
On this Monday morning, Arsenal supporters are undoubtedly still in a happy mood, but there are some bad things as well.
Thomas Partey, a midfielder for United, was injured last week and was unable to play on Sunday.
Partey’s injury was confirmed by the Ghanaian FA over the weekend, and he did indeed miss the game against United.
When questioned about the injury on Sunday, Arteta stated that Partey’s prognosis is “not good” and that he will be sidelined “for weeks.”
“I’m not sure. Sadly, he suffered an injury while practicing. It doesn’t seem promising. He’ll be out for weeks, in my opinion,” Arteta said.
In light of Thomas Partey’s injury, Kai Havertz’s experiment is likely to continue.
On Sunday, Arteta opened with Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Oleksandr Zinchenko in place of his normal back four.
Recently, Arsenal has utilized some unusual defensive alignments, including Partey at right back.
Perhaps Partey’s injury necessitated the adjustment, but if Arteta had been returning to that lineup anyway, Partey might have been seen in holding midfield.
Declan Rice would have advanced more as a result, and Kai Havertz might have been benched.
Let’s be honest: Havertz’s situation at Arsenal right now just isn’t working.
Before making a horrendous error and handing over the ball on Sunday for Rashford to score, the public was already turning against him.
Now that Partey is injured, Rice will probably stay in holding midfield, while Arteta will keep working with Havertz up front in the hopes that he can find his form soon enough.