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Thomas Partey set to return for Arsenal today

BY: Peter Sarbah
Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey

Arsenal star, Thomas Partey could return for the Gunners when they play Crystal Palace for the Premier League game on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Ghana international has been out of the team since he last played against Tottenham last December.

Manager of the side, Mikel Arteta, praised the £45million player at training and believes he was ready to return to the side.

“He makes players better around him and that's a big, big quality. It's incredible that we are in January, we signed him in (October) and we only played him twice (at home).

“We haven't really seen the impact we believe he could have on the team. Obviously, we have missed him. It's going to be a big bonus if we can keep him fit.'   

Partey has struggled with a thigh injury since signing and Arteta added: “When you are injured you feel, first of all, the responsibility when the club has made the effort we made to sign him.

“He was so willing for months to be joining us. He really wants to be a part of it and knows how much he can help. Then he had to deal with the injuries, with the lockdown and moving into a new place. That's been tough for him. That's why sometimes he was rushing and wanted to do everything straightaway - because he was so willing to come back.

“He doesn't want to be alone at home. He's in a really good place. He's settled really well in the dressing room, around the staff. He's a special character.”, he stated