Thomas Partey ruled out of Arsenal’s matches against Brighton and West Brom

Thomas Partey is yet to return to training with Arsenal
Thomas Partey is yet to return to training with Arsenal (Getty)

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Thomas Partey will miss Arsenal’s Premier League matches against Brighton and West Brom.

The £45 million signing from Atletico Madrid was forced off in the first half of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham earlier this month.

Partey had been battling to overcome a hamstring injury prior to the north London derby and has not featured since the Gunners’ loss to Spurs.

The Ghana international missed Arsenal’s win over Chelsea on Boxing Day and Arteta has revealed that the midfielder is not likely to make a return over the Christmas period.

When asked if Partey could be available for Arsenal’s fixtures against Brighton and West Brom, Arteta replied: ‘Not yet, he hasn’t started to train with us yet so I think he’s a few more days away.

Arsenal face Brighton on December 29 before playing West Brom on January 2. The Gunners will then host Newcastle United in the FA Cup third round on January 9.

Thomas Partey was forced off in Arsenal's defeat to Tottenham earlier this month
Thomas Partey was forced off in Arsenal’s defeat to Tottenham earlier this month (Getty)

Arteta also revealed that the absences of Willian and David Luiz due to illness are not linked to the absence of Gabriel, who missed the win over Chelsea after coming into close contact with someone with Covid-19.

‘No, that is for some different reasons,’ said Arteta.

‘They [Willian and David Luiz] were having some symptoms, and we have to be really cautious when that happens.

‘The protocols say that they have to stay away, they have to test negative but still we have to be really careful we don’t pass that into the players until we are 100 per cent sure they don’t have it.’

Arteta also praised Granit Xhaka for his performance in the win over Chelsea.

‘Since I’ve been here he has always shown that,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘That’s why I have been really supportive of him.

‘He makes mistakes, like we all do, but his commitment and character and how much he wants to fight for this club and this team is unquestionable, and I think today he showed that again.’

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