Arsenal Worried About Thomas Partey’s Future
Mikel Arteta is said to be increasingly worried by Thomas Partey's injury problems and is therefore looking into potential long-term replacements
Arsenal management is worried about Thomas Partey’s future at the club, according to the UK Sun.
Partey’s frequent fitness issues are becoming a growing concern for the Premier League club.
The Ghana midfielder was unavailable for the final nine games of last season, as Arsenal fell apart and lost out on a top-four finish to Tottenham Hotspur.
He has already missed half of their eight matches this campaign with a thigh problem and returned early from international duty with the Black Stars after complaining of discomfort in his knee.
Following injuries to Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey, Mikel Arteta had a bit of midfield crisis earlier on this season. Edu and Co. subsequently launched two Deadline Day bids for Luiz but both attempts, with the latter believed to be in the region of £23million, were rejected by Villa.
Arteta is becoming increasingly concerned about the recurring absence of injury-prone Partey and wants a top quality alternative to reinforce his squad. He hopes Villa could finally be persuaded to cash in on Luiz in the New Year rather than lose the 24-year-old Brazilian international for nothing.
Arsenal are hopeful that his latest injury is not serious, but are not taking any risks ahead of Saturday’s crucial North London derby.