Mikel Arteta says it’s great to have Thomas Partey back in contention after the Ghana international returned to training after a month sidelined by a thigh issue.
The midfielder has been included in the matchday squad for tomorrow’s clash with Lens and could play some part as he looks to get up to speed ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with Manchester City at the Emirates.
While the Gunners won five and drew one of the six games Partey missed, the 30-year-old’s return gives the manager more options at a busy time of the season.
Updating journalists by phone (transcript via Football.London) after Arsenal’s flight to France was delayed due to bad weather, the boss said: “He’s progressed really well in the last two weeks and he managed to train in the last two or three days with the team and that’s great news for us obviously
“I think his progression in the last week has been very good. He might have some exposure tomorrow depending how the game goes.
He added: “He’s a big player and we know what he brings to the team. He knows exactly what we need and with the injuries we had to other players in midfield and at the back he complements us in a great way and gives us options. So it’s great to have him back again.”
Arteta also revealed that Bukayo Saka had recovered from the knock he suffered at Bournemouth on Sunday.
“He’s fine. He’s much better. It was a big knock but he has recovered well and trained with us today.”
With the team still stuck on the tarmac at Luton, the club have taken the decision to cancel the planned press conference. Hopefully, they get moving soon.