The timeframe for Thomas Partey’s recovery from injury remains a mystery with Arsenal’s medical team keeping things vague in their latest fitness bulletin.
The Ghana international suffered a relapse of the thigh muscle injury that sidelined him for a month when we lost to Sp*rs and is “unavailable for forthcoming matches”.
Having arrived at the Emirates with an impeccable fitness record, it’s typical of our bad luck that he’s only completed a total of 90 minutes of football in the last six weeks.
Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta will be without both Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin for Wednesday’s clash with Southampton. The Swiss serves the first of a three-game Premier League ban for his red card against Burnley while the Spaniard has clocked up five yellows and sits out one game.
In more positive news, Nicolas Pepe is available after serving his three-game suspension and Brazilian duo David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli are both in full training and available for selection.