Mikel Arteta says Thomas Partey could be available for Saturday’s trip to Leicester having missed the last two matches with a thigh problem.
While the Ghanaian is still feeling his way back to full fitness, it sounds like he’ll be participating in full training today. If all goes well, he’ll then make the trip to the Midlands as the Gunners look to open up a five-point gap on Manchester City.
“Not a lot of changes,” said Arteta when asked about team news for the weekend.
“Obviously there’s a question mark about Thomas [Partey], he hasn’t trained much but it looks like he could be available. Let’s see how he trains today.
“He’s a really important player for us that we missed in the last few games but hopefully he can be available.”
If there are any doubts about Partey’s ability to compete in midfield, it’s fairly likely that Jorginho will continue to deputies. In addition to helping Arsenal to a win when his stoppage-time strike found the net off Emi Martinez, the January signing produced a very accomplished all-round performance at Villa Park.
Arteta was also asked for an update on Gabriel Jesus. It had been hoped the Brazilian would be back in action by the end of February but it sounds like he’s still got work to do, despite making good progress in his rehab from knee surgery.
“He’s progressing really well,” said the manager, “he’s doing more and more on the field, the knee is not reacting so it’s really positive.
“We want to have him as quick as possible but respecting as well the timeframe that we got from the doctors and the specialists but he’s really pushing the boundaries right now.”