Mikel Arteta teases Thomas Partey’s return decision ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Everton.
After recovering from a muscular ailment, Thomas Partey returned to the Arsenal matchday squad on Saturday afternoon and came off the bench as a late substitute.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has intimated that Thomas Partey will start on the bench against Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. Due to a muscle ailment, the 29-year-old missed the defeats against Manchester City and Aston Villa.
Partey returned to the matchday squad for the weekend’s 1-0 win over Leicester City, coming off the bench in the 84th minute to recover match fitness. Jorginho, who moved to north London from Chelsea for £12 million in the January transfer window, has filled the vacuum left by the Ghana international.
Partey has been an important player for Arteta this season in the holding midfield role, giving Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka more influence in offensive phases. Jorginho has done well in Partey’s absence and looks ready to start in midfield again as Partey continues to recover from his latest injury.
Arteta provided an update on Partey’s condition and intimated that he will likely start on the bench again against the Toffees tomorrow night. “He hasn’t trained much,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remarked.
“He only had one session and he will train again today. He was out for a few weeks and he needs to get the rhythm back.”
🗣️ “He hasn’t trained much, he’s only had a session. He will train today so it is what it is. He was out for a few weeks and he needs to get the rhythm.”— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 28, 2023
Mikel Arteta on Thomas Partey’s fitness ahead of Everton. 🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/AxrrC5KYcm
Partey has only missed five Premier League games this season despite sustaining a thigh injury in August, which forced him to miss games against Fulham, Villa, and Manchester United. With the return of Europa League activity fast coming, the Gunners’ game schedule is once again congested, and Arteta may not want to risk one of his important players as greater demands are placed on his squad towards the conclusion of the season.
Arsenal are hoping to have Gabriel Jesus back in the squad before the international break. The Brazilian has been sidelined since November after suffering a knee injury while on international duty at the World Cup, but it appears that Arteta will be able to welcome Jesus back into the team before the end of March.