Date published: Monday 9th November 2020 9:20
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faces an anxious wait on the injury news surrounding new signing Thomas Partey.
The £45m man was withdrawn at half-time in Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat Aston Villa.
The midfield enforcer is set to go for a scan in the early part of this week after picking up a thigh problem at The Emirates.
With the Gunners 1-0 down at half-time, Partey did not emerge for the second half with Dani Ceballos replacing the Ghana star.
What’s more concerning for Arteta is that Partey injured himself early in the game after an early opportunity against former Gunners star Emiliano Martinez.
Arteta, somewhat worryingly, confirmed the damage was done early with Partey playing on until the break.
The good news is that Partry will have two weeks to recover before Arsenal’s next game against Leeds on November 22.
Arteta said: “We don’t know, we have to scan him tomorrow or the day after.
“He felt it straight away after seven or eight minutes.”
Arteta’s side missed Partey in the second period as Villa scored twice more to record a comprehensive win.
Arteta learning in a ‘deeper way’
The Spaniard was not at all happy afterwards.
The Arsenal boss added: “I’ll keep what I said to my players in the dressing room private, my role is to get the team performing at the highest level every three days and today we haven’t done that and since I got appointed it’s the first time I haven’t seen that team on the pitch.
“We lost all the races, all the duels, we were sloppy on the ball. When we created the chances to score we didn’t even hit the target. It’s a really bad combination.
“I don’t feel like we were the team we were supposed to be. We performed below our standards and ability. This is totally my fault because it’s why I’m here.
“Sometimes when you see the way the boys played seven days ago. I’m a very positive person and when things happen like this you take a lot of things from it. You learn from it in a much deeper way.”