Mikel Arteta sounded anxious after Thomas Partey limped off at half-time in Arsenal’s 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa.
Supporters were left feeling worried after the Ghanaian midfielder didn’t re-emerge for the second half, instead being replaced by Dani Ceballos.
In his post-match interview following the hammering, Arteta didn’t sound too convincing when commenting on the £45m summer signing.
He said: “We don’t know [the extent] of it. We have to scan him tomorrow or the day after and see what he felt straight away. Let’s wait and see what the magnitude of the injury is.”
“I don’t know [if he will go away with Ghana now]. As I said, the doctor will have to have a look at him and probably scan him. Then we will decide what to do with him.” (via talkSPORT)
Is Partey already Arsenal's best midfielder?
Despite the defensive midfielder having just joined the club, he has already had a brilliant impact and any sort of time on the sidelines could be catastrophic.
His ability to read and intercept passes is one of the more crucial aspects of his game which has strengthened the Gunners considerably.
However, he also proves to be a brute force going forward with his sheer size and power on the ball proving hard to handle for many opposition teams.
So, it’s no surprise Partey dominates both sides of the game when you look at the stats with the former Atletico Madrid man averaging the second-most tackles (1.8) and attempting the most dribbles (1.8) per game of any Arsenal player.
As a matter of fact, the 27-year-old has completed the most dribbles in each of the sides last three Premier Leagues games (via WhoScored), showing his ability on the ball.
With Leeds United, Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur to come in their next three games, Arteta will be praying the Ghana international is fit after the international break. His impact has proven to be huge and will be sorely missed if he is injured for the long-term.
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