Arsenal Team News
Guess who’s back? Back again? Partey’s back, tell a friend.
That’s right, the big-money marquee signing from Atletico Madrid is set to return from another thigh injury to face Roy Hodgson’s side. Since making the £45m switch, Arsenal have only seen Thomas Partey complete 90 minutes on three occasions, not the return expected when he put pen to paper.
Struck with the curse of north London, injuries have hampered his start to (new) red and white life. Speaking on the official club website, Arteta provided news that was music to supporters’ ears.
"“Thomas has been in full training for the last four or five days, he’s completely asymptomatic,” he revealed. “It would be a little bit rushed to try and play him against Newcastle but I think he will be ready for Thursday.”"
The manager’s confidence is welcome, and although he isn’t certain to start the game, signs are that he will. Elsewhere, Gabriel Magalhaes is still getting some of his fitness back having not been able to train for a few weeks, and while he’s recovered from COVID-19, Thursday might just be too soon for him.
Regarding Gabriel Martinelli, he was touch and go for the visit of the Eagles after twisting his ankle in midweek. If it was down to the Brazilian he’d play, but Arsenal are going to be slightly more cautious than the 19-year-old with Newcastle in the following clash more reasonable. It was confirmed by the club that he’ll return to training in the ‘next few days’.
As for Palace, they’re sweating on the fitness of Gary Cahill and Scott Dann, who both missed their FA Cup clash with Wolves, while Jeffrey Schlupp will be given a late fitness test.