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Partey to miss ‘next few’ Arsenal games with ‘significant injury,’ Arteta confirms

Thomas Partey’s bid to return to full fitness is taking time, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta saying the midfielder is likely to miss “the next few games” with a “significant injury.”

The Ghana midfielder has not featured for the Gunners since picking up an injury during the 3-0 loss to Aston Villa in the Premier League on November 8.

Arsenal issued a fitness bulletin at the end of last week, saying Partey was “progressing with his rehabilitation,” but it appears progress is slow as he is not close to a first-team return.

“He had an injury very early in the game [against Aston Villa], he wanted to continue the second half,” Arteta said.

“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 news will come as a blow to Arsenal, whose form has been poor since Partey went off injured against Villa, but Arteta will not use the player’s absence as an excuse.

Thierry Henry’s suspicion about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal

Arsenal’s struggles continued against Wolves, as Mikel Arteta’s side slumped to their third consecutive home league defeat.

Goals from Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto sealed a 2-1 win for the visitors on Sunday evening, making it Arsenal‘s worst ever start to a league season.

The Gunners’ inability to carve out clear cut chances in attack was again evident, despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being fielded through the middle as many supporters have called for in recent months.

The Gabonese forward missed a glorious late chance to equalise, heading wide after a good cross from Hector Bellerin.

Having signed his new deal, Aubameyang got his season off to a dream start with a goal in their rampant 4-0 win over Fulham on the opening day.

But he has found the net just once in nine Premier League outings since with the Gunners registering their worst start to a top flight season in terms of goals since 1998/99.

With Aubameyang struggling in front of goal, Arsenal’s entire output in attack has suffered tremendously – something club legend Thierry Henry, their record goalscorer, has been warning about for some time.

When Aubameyang’s future was up in the air, it was a point reiterated by Henry, despite his refusal to tell the attacker he should stay.

Henry told Sky Sports: “All I know is that we are definitely going to miss his goals if he does leave.

“He does score goals and if you take the goals of Aubameyang away, it’s a tough one.”

Speaking after the Wolves defeat, Arteta refused to make any excuses for his side’s performance.

“It’s a really bad result,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “We had our moments. We had a great reaction in the second half. The team showed desire but the goal didn’t arrive. There are no excuses, we have to improve.”

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