Arsenal have received a huge boost ahead of Sunday’s North London Derby against Tottenham after a terrible run of results.
The Gunners have been disappointing this season so far this season, and have failed to build any real consistency.
So far, they’ve managed to pick up just four win from their opening ten games of the Premier League season, and are sat in 14th place.
They go into Sunday’s crunch game against Tottenham knowing a defeat will leave them in danger of slipping further down the table.
Their opponents on Sunday are in a significantly different position, and are leading the way at the top of the pile.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are on fire at the moment and are favourites going into Sunday’s game, having proved themselves as one of the toughest teams to beat in the league.
But Arsenal could have a major ace in the hole, with news that Thomas Partey has returned to training.
The midfielder hasn’t featured since suffering a thigh injury against Aston Villa before the international break.
He was forced off at half-time in that game, and hasn’t appeared in any matchday squads since.
His presence in the middle of the park has been sorely missed by Arteta, who has seen his side lacking in creativity in his midfield.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference this week, the Gunners boss insisted Partey is putting pressure on the coaching staff to get back in the side.
Arteta said: “Well, he’s putting a lot of pressure to us, he’s training tomorrow with us and let’s see how it goes in the next couple of days.”
Partey has looked impressive so far since his big-money move from Atletico Madrid, and has already nailed down a spot in the first-team side.
And club hero Gilberto Silva explained this week that he believes the Ghana midfielder will go on to be a key figure for the club.
“You spend so long trying to get a player that you really want, like Partey, and now you have to watch him sit out with injury. It’s tough.
“I believe Partey has the quality to be an important player for Arsenal; that’s why they bought him in.
“They needed a player with character and quality, someone who was ready to come in and perform for the club straight away. A player like Partey comes with a mass of expectation; he’s here to solve your previous problems, but it’s not all about him.”