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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey out for six weeks

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will spend an extended period on the sidelines due to an upper leg muscular injury sustained during a recent training session, per the Daily Mail.

The injury is a combination of groin and thigh problems. Arsenal conducted a series of medical tests to assess its severity.

Manager Mikel Arteta has refrained from specifying a precise timeline for Partey’s recovery, but rumours from the club’s medical team suggest a probable absence of at least six weeks. 

Given Partey’s history with thigh issues, Arsenal are adopting a cautious approach towards his rehabilitation. This could potentially prolong his absence beyond initial estimates.

This unfortunate development means that the Ghanaian international will miss several crucial fixtures in the Premier League, including games against Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth and Manchester City. 

Partey’s absence will also be a massive miss in the Champions League, where Arsenal will face PSV Eindhoven and RC Lens before his return.

The 30-year-old has been instrumental for the Gunners, with Arteta deploying him in a unique inverted right-back role this season. 

A return to his central midfield position was on the horizon, notably for the clash against Manchester United, before the untimely injury disrupted those plans.

Many Arsenal fans wanted the club to sign a back-up for Partey as they were aware of his injury issues, but the club decided against it. 

Even as he sustained the injury 24 hours before the transfer window closed, the club did not try to sign anyone on deadline day. 

Arteta will look to a mix of talents within the squad to fill the void including Kai Havertz, Jorginho, Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny.

Arsenal supporters will anxiously await further updates on Partey’s recovery, with hopes pinned on his swift return following the international break in October.

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