Arsenal star Thomas Partey’s injury is reportedly worse than first feared in a major blow to Mikel Arteta. Partey’s campaign has been hampered by two separate injuries and a fresh issue is likely to keep him out for a long time.
Arteta confirmed that Partey could miss a long period due to a “significant” injury. The Ghanaian has undergone a procedure to resolve an ongoing thigh problem.
Partey has already missed six weeks this season due to two issues, and the latest could keep him out until the end of the year. With the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for January, the 30-year-old may not play a significant role for Arsenal until at least February.
Arsenal may face a financial double blow in the absence of the former Atletico Madrid star. Reports claimed he could be sold in January to help Arsenal recover funds for more transfers. Arsenal are claimed to be interested in Brazilian star Andre Trindade.
Partey’s ongoing injury issues are likely to prevent a January exit. That means Arsenal will miss out on a big fee for the player, which would help fund a move for new arrivals.
Instead, the north Londoners must continue to pay Partey’s £200,000-a-week wages as he continues to fight back from injury. That’s despite appearing to have been pushed down the pecking order under Arteta with the arrival of Declan Rice.
Partey has been a key player at Arsenal over the last few years. Playing as a defensive midfielder, he facilitated the likes of Martin Odegaard, Granit Xhaka and Kai Havertz playing higher up the pitch.
But Rice’s arrival and injuries have limited Partey’s action in recent months. He has started Arsenal’s first three Premier League games but has only made 15 top-class minutes since coming on against Fulham on August 26.
Arteta and sporting director Edu may have hoped to complete a few signings in January, despite spending almost £200m in the summer. Those deals may only be possible if some fringe players leave, however, and Arsenal would have to raise money.
Partey is likely to remain in north London, preventing Arsenal from recouping the money needed to spend on new players. That could affect the hierarchy of the club.
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