Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Thomas Partey will return to full training tomorrow as he closes in on a return from the thigh injury that has sidelined him for more than a month.
The Ghana international has missed four games since picking up the problem in the first half of the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa but could be in contention to play a part against Sp*rs on Sunday.
Facing the press after Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna at the Emirates, the boss was asked for an update on the status of the 27-year-old.
He replied: “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.”
In a further boost, Arteta now has Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers at his disposal after both men came through this evening’s match unscathed.
The former, who scored a header, has been out since July when he injured his ankle, while the latter, who came on in the second half, has been working his way back from a ruptured ACL in his left knee since last December.
“It’s great news [to see Pablo and Calum back] because those boys have been working really hard with the medical department,” said the boss.
“They put in a lot of hours to give themselves the chance to play and perform the way they did today. We have another two really good characters back with us and it’s really good news.”
Arteta wouldn’t be drawn on who might make his starting XI at White Hart Lane on Sunday but he did hint he wouldn’t be shy using players who impressed this evening.
“You’ve seen that in the last few games we’ve used some players on Thursday and they played on the weekend. This can change and this will change.
“I try to use different competitions to put two different teams, it’s because as well we are using them with the amount of injuries, suspensions and things that we had the performance level that they can give is in very good positions and you can see tonight that some of them might deserve to start the game on Sunday.”