Mikel Arteta has revealed that Thomas Partey could be involved in Arsenal’s clash with Benfica tomorrow night.
The Ghanaian is due to take part in the Gunners training session today and if he comes through unscathed, the boss has confirmed he’ll take the midfielder with him to Athens.
“Thomas is very close and has a final test today in training,” he said on Wednesday morning. “If he’s feeling good he’ll be available.”
Unfortunately, Rob Holding will not make the trip as a result of the concussion he picked up in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City.
The centre-back was inadvertently knocked on the head by the knee of Joao Cancelo as he slid to make a challenge and required extensive treatment before becoming the first player in Arsenal colours to be replaced using the newly trialled concussion substitutes.
David Luiz, who replaced Holding, looks likely to lineup alongside compatriot Gabriel. The duo faced Benfica last week and were rested at the weekend.