Mikel Arteta provides fresh Thomas Partey and David Luiz injury updates ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Burnley

Thomas Partey looks on during Arsenal's Premier League defeat to Tottenham
Thomas Partey will be sidelined for Arsenal’s next few matches (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has confirmed Thomas Partey will be out of action for ‘a few games’ but believes David Luiz could feature against Burnley on Sunday.

Arteta’s gamble with Partey’s fitness backfired as the midfielder’s thigh injury flared up again during the side’s north London defeat at Spurs last weekend.

The Ghanaian – who had been sidelined for a month – limped off the field as Spurs broke on the counter-attack and doubled their lead through Harry Kane right on the stroke of half-time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

David Luiz looks on during Arsenal's clash with Wolves
Arsenal will make a late decision on Luiz’s fitness (Picture: Getty)

Luiz, meanwhile, has not played since his sickening clash of heads with Raul Jimenez at the Emirates but has a chance of returning as the Gunners prepare to welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley side to the Emirates.

‘David, we will have to assess him today and tomorrow to see how he is feeling and whether his is able to compete or not,’ Arteta said after Arsenal’s 4-2 victory over Dundalk in the Europa League.

‘Thomas will be out for a few games.

‘It is the same area where he got injured previously, he felt it again and we will have to see how long it is going to take to heal.’

Mikel Arteta speaks to the media after Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Dundalk
Arteta’s men beat Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday evening (Picture: Getty)

Arteta said it was crucial for Arsenal to right their wrongs and get back to winning ways at home to Burnley.

‘It is vital for us,’ the Spaniard added.

‘We have been inconsistent in the competitions, a really good run in the Carabao Cup, a really good run in the Europa League, but unfortunately the results in the Premier League haven’t been what we want.

‘We are very frustrated with that and we know how important it is to put those results together really quickly, because we need them straight away.’

Bologun scores for Arsenal against Dundalk
The Gunners put four goals past Dundalk in a confidence-boosting victory (Picture: Getty)

On the danger Burnley pose to his side, Arteta replied: ‘They are a really organised team.

‘They are a constant threat because they are really direct but they play that game really, really well.

‘They manage their first, second and third phases really well, the way they attack the box, set-pieces are key against them as well.

‘They are difficult to break down because they have been working together with the same manager for a long time, and they know each other really well.

‘They are disciplined and they have a good spirit and character among the team.

‘They are always ready to fight and make it difficult for you.’

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