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Arteta provides an injury update on Partey

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Arsenal’s biggest summer signing has missed the last six Premier League games due to an unfortunate injury.

Thomas Partey is progressing well, feeling good, and just needs a couple of good training sessions before Mikel Arteta can contemplate recalling him.

The former Atletico Madrid midfielder has played just 45 minutes in Arsenal’s last eight Premier League games due to a recurring thigh injury. But he has returned to training and could be in contention for the FA Cup third-round match against Newcastle on January 9.

But while encouraged by his €50m summer signing’s progress, Arteta plans to see how Partey fares in training this week before deciding on whether to bring him back into the fold.

“We are in January and I think he’s played two and a half games,” said the Arsenal manager as quoted by Football.London.

“That’s all, and he was our main signing.

“We’ve been missing him. He brings something different to the team, he’s a player with an enormous talent. But as well someone that can transform the team the way we want.

“It’s great if we can have him, keep him healthy, and I think he will contribute in a really positive way.

“He’s done the most part training the last few days. He’s feeling good and we will assess him.

“He needs another two or three good sessions to see if he’s 100 percent ok to play. And if that’s the case, great news for us.”

Arteta was speaking after overseeing a third consecutive Premier League win on Saturday night by a 4-0 scoreline at West Brom following goals from Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka, and Alexandre Lacazette’s brace.