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Thomas Partey ruled out of Arsenal vs Manchester City clash

Arsenal have been dealt a severe injury blow ahead of their top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City with Thomas Partey ruled out through a muscular injury, according to The Athletic.

The midfielder has struggled with a thigh problem over the last couple of months and has needed late fitness tests before being included in the starting XI on several occasions.

The Ghana international took part in Arsenal’s training session earlier today, but a late injury concern will now see him sit out the crunch affair versus Man City at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Partey’s injury is deemed minor, which will be a relief for Gunners’ manager Mikel Arteta.

In Partey’s absence, Jorginho will likely make his full debut for his new employers following a January move from Chelsea.

The 31-year-old will be aiming to impress on his return to the starting XI after failing to feature in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Brentford.

Despite having played a game fewer, Arsenal are currently three points clear of Man City at the top of the Premier League table.

The sides look set to serve up a two-way battle for glory this term, although Manchester United may have something to say about that as they remain not too far behind in third place.

As Arsenal prepare to make do without one of their key men for tonight’s encounter, City have been boosted by the availability of Erling Braut Haaland.

The Premier League champions were originally sweating over the fitness of their talisman after he came off at half-time in his side’s 3-1 victory over Aston Villa last time out.

Haaland has netted 25 times in 21 league outings but has failed to find the back of the net in any of his last three matches across all competitions.

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