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Thomas Partey is expected to take part in Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium after recovering from a thigh injury.
The 27-year-old moved to North London on a £ 45 million deal in October but has struggled with various injury discomfort; limiting it to just six appearances in all competitions.
After overcoming an initial problem in December that put him out for a month, Partey re-injured against Tottenham, limping to one side of the field when Arsenal conceded a second goal, and has been out of action ever since.
But Partey has now returned to full training and is in contention to start against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday night. Speaking before the game (quoted by MailOnline Sport), head coach Mikel Arteta was enthusiastic about the presence and personality of his Ghanaian.
“He brings something different to the team. It’s not just about his talent. It’s not just about his physique. It’s who he is as a person,” Arteta said.
“He makes the players better around him and that’s a great, great quality,” he added, before admitting his frustration at not being able to use Partey: “It’s amazing that this is January, we signed him (October) and he just played it twice (at home).
“We haven’t really seen the impact that we think he could have on the team. We have obviously missed him. It will be a huge advantage if we can keep him in shape.”
The 25-year-old made his debut as a late substitute for Granit Xhaka in a loss to Manchester City, and gave a solid account of himself when Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in November.
However, the injuries started to hit and coincided with the fall of his new team in the Premier League table. However, his return is timely; Arsenal can achieve four wins out of four with the win against Palace and level on points with Southampton, Chelsea and Aston Villa, reaching the top half in the process.