Thomas Partey trained with his Arsenal teammates on Monday as the Gunners were dealt another piece of good news off the back of beating Chelsea.
Mikel Arteta saw his side see off their London rivals 3-1 on Boxing Day as they rose to 14th in table, with back-to-back matches against Brighton and West Brom now seen as the perfect chance to rise up the table either side of the turn of the year.
Summer signing Partey hasn’t appeared for the Gunners since limping off shortly before the end of the north London derby defeat to Tottenham on December 6, as he trudged off the pitch while Spurs were breaking to score their second goal.
Arteta was criticised for selecting the former Atletico Madrid midfielder in that match in what was his first appearance for a month after a hamstring injury.
Partey has so far only made six appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, with his only Premier League win coming at Old Trafford on November 1.
Speaking after the Chelsea win, Arteta confirmed that the Brighton and West Brom games are set to come too soon for Partey, but he hopes he’ll be back soon.
Asked if he’d be available for those games, he said: ‘Not yet, he hasn’t started to train with us yet so I think he’s a few more days away.”
Gabriel, David Luiz and Willian also missed the Chelsea game, with Gabriel confirmed as registering a positive coronavirus case and Luiz and Willian displaying symptoms.
“They [Luiz and Willian] were having some symptoms, and we have to be really cautious when that happens,” said Arteta.
“The protocols say that they have to stay away, they have to test negative but still we have to be really careful we don’t pass that into the players until we are 100 per cent sure they don’t have it.”
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