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Mikel Arteta has confirmed in his post-match press conference that Thomas Partey’s injury was in ‘the same area’, the ace made a clearly premature return from a thigh injury in the loss to rivals Spurs.
Partey was stopped with an injury in the 45th minute after sliding over Spurs winger Steven Bergwijn to win the ball after a hard touch left him in trouble.
It ended as one of the most notable moments of the loss as Partey was off the pitch when the Spurs beat the Gunners at halftime, the midfielder being pushed back by Mikel Arteta.
Partey ran a couple of strides before he came to a halt again, which was moments before Giovanni Lo Celso played the ball to Heung-Min Son, who in turn hit his attacking partner Harry Kane.
Arteta was also questioned as to whether Partey should have run back to the field with the interviewer citing the ‘sacrifice’ the players may have to make, but the Spaniard added that the fact that the midfielder was probably in ‘a lot of pain’ prevented it. to run back immediately.
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Here’s what Mikel Arteta has said about Thomas Partey’s injury and that the ace did not run back onto the field immediately before the Spurs scored their second … pic.twitter.com/PU0w5FYry5
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“Yes, I have not seen a repeat of the action, at the first question, he is injured and is in the same area, unfortunately we do not know how bad he is.”
“Secondly, I was trying to pressure him, I don’t think he realized the gravity of the situation when he left his post, that was probably because he was in a lot of pain, there is nothing we can do at the moment to solve it. that. “
It was surprising to see Partey included in the starting lineup, as the ace missed four games after an injury that also forced him to retire at halftime in the loss to Aston Villa.
While some fans would have been delighted to see their marquee man show up from the get-go, Arteta and Co.’s decision to do so has ultimately left Partey compounding the same problem and also directly cost them a goal in today’s loss to heated rivals.
With this result now adding up to 5 losses from Arsenal’s last seven Premier League games, the last thing they need is a key player sidelined again, but unfortunately there is no one to blame but themselves.