Thomas Partey set to miss Arsenal’s next few fixtures with thigh injury, as Mikel Arteta admits he’s ‘really concerned’ by recent slump in form following Wolves defeat
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that Thomas Partey will be out for a ‘few more games’ having suffered a ‘significant injury’ in the recent defeat against Aston Villa.
The news comes as a massive blow to the Spaniard, who saw his side fall to a third successive home loss in the Premier League against Wolves on Sunday evening.
“He had an injury very early in the game, he wanted to continue the second half,” Arteta told reporters.
“We knew it was a significant injury. He’s done very well and he’s working very hard, he wants to be available.
“Hopefully we can get him back soon but it’s an area we need to be careful and we need to be protective with the player.
“I don’t think he will be with us in the next few games.”
The latest development means Partey will miss a crucial north London derby against Tottenham next weekend, in addition to matches with Burnley, Southampton and Everton next month.
The 2-1 defeat to Wolves means Arsenal have made their worst start to a season in 39 years.
The Gunners sit 14th in the table but – a year to the day since Unai Emery was sacked as head coach – Arteta insists he is not worried about his own position.
“It’s something that the day I decided to be a coach I know that one day I will be sacked or leave the football club,” he added.
“I don’t know if it’s the day after I sign my contact, in a month’s time, a year’s time or six months’ time. I never worry about it.
“My only concern is to get the best out of the players, give the best possible service to the club and become better and better.
“I know, I repeat, in this profession, one day I will get the sack or leave but I don’t know when that is going to happen.”
When asked if he was concerned by his team’s recent poor run, Arteta admitted: “It is when you lose three games in a row for different reasons at home. I am really concerned, I am responsible for that.”