Thomas Partey has handed Arsenal huge boost as he appear at London Colney training based to participate with rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad for their next match against West Brom this weekend.
The powerful central midfielder has been limping off in the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in the early throws of December.
He missed the clashes with Dundalk, Burnley, Southampton, Everton, Manchester City, Chelsea and last night clash against Brighton, meaning Arsenal have been starved of the quality and aggression he brings to the engine room.
However, Partey has handed Mikel Arteta’s squad huge boost with return to training with his team-mates for preparations for West Bromwich Albion clash this weekend.
Partey, 27, who looked defensively solid against London, was in high spirit at London Colney on Friday afternoon but sportarena understands that he won’t be rushed back for the league encounter against newly-promoted West Bromwich.
Mikel Arteta’s side go into the game having won their last two league matches against Chelsea and Brighton, the latter being a scrappy 1-0 victory which ended the year on a high for the north London club.
That result on the South Coast on Tuesday night leaves Arsenal in 13th place as they look to climb the table and secure a top half finish this season.
David Luiz and Willian also return to full training with rest of Arsenal squad after both Brazilian missed the north Londoner last couple of games due to injury problem.
Luiz and Willian is expected to be in contention for tonight clash but Gabriel Magalheas will miss the tussle with West Brom.
The Brazilian defender, who joined the Gunners from Ligue 1 side Lille during the summer, will miss Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion after being confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.
The 22-year-old centre-back missed Saturday’s clash with Chelsea after being forced to self-isolate, following the news that someone he had been in close contact with had tested positive for the virus. Now, Gabriel has tested positive himself, meaning he must spend a period of time in self-isolation.