Thomas Partey is expected to play a role in Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium after recovering from a thigh injury.
The 27-year-old moved to north London on a £ 45million contract in October but has struggled with various injury issues; limiting it to just six appearances in all competitions.
After overcoming an initial problem in December that left him out for a month, Partey was injured again against Tottenham – limping to the side of the field as Arsenal conceded a second goal – and has been out of action ever since. .
But Partey has now returned to full training and is in the running to debut against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday night. Speaking ahead of the match (quoted by MailOnline Sport), head coach Mikel Arteta was enthusiastic about the presence and personality of the Ghanaian.
“He brings something different to the team. It’s not just a question of talent. It’s not just a question of physics. That’s who he is as a person, ”Arteta said.
“He makes the players better around him and that’s a great, great quality,” he added, before admitting his frustration at not being able to use Partey: “It’s amazing that we are in January. , we signed it (October) and we only played it twice (at home).
“We haven’t really seen the impact we think he could have on the team. Obviously, we missed him. It will be a big bonus if we can keep him in shape ”.
The 25-year-old made his debut as a late replacement for Granit Xhaka in a loss to Manchester City, and gave a solid account of himself when Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in November.
The injuries began afterwards, however, and coincided with his new side’s fall in the Premier League table. His return is however opportune; Arsenal can take four out of four wins with a win over Palace and level on points with Southampton, Chelsea and Aston Villa, entering the first half of the process.