Mikel Arteta has confirmed that both Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus will be out for a “few weeks” with injuries.
The Arsenal boss confirmed the double injury blow ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.
Partey’s setback is just the latest in a series of issues he’s sustained since joining the club. The midfielder has barely featured since the September international break, with a “muscle injury” ruling him out of the Gunners’ Champions League victory over Sevilla in midweek.
Jesus inspired his side to a big three points on Tuesday night, but he was forced off in the second half having scored and assisted in Arsenal’s 2-1 win.
Mikel Arteta confirms double injury blow
Despite Jesus’ initial optimism, the Brazilian will spend some time on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
“The scan shows that there is a muscle injury and we might lose him for a few weeks again,” Arteta said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
The Brazilian had missed the start of the 2023/24 season after undergoing knee surgery, but he’d started seven games on the bounce in the Premier League and Champions League before succumbing during his match-winning performance against Sevilla.
Arteta offered a similar diagnosis for the perpetually injured Partey, saying: “He’s got a muscle injury and we are expecting him to be out for a few weeks. We don’t really know the extent of it and he has more tests today but he picked up that injury in a training session with the last kick of the ball before Sevilla, so very unfortunate.”
After missing the entirety of September with a groin injury, Partey returned for an impactful 15-minute cameo in the win over Manchester City before the October break. The Ghanaian hasn’t featured for the Gunners since, and his latest setback will undoubtedly frustrate supporters given just how many games he’s missing.
Kai Havertz, Eddie Nketiah, and potentially Leandro Trossard will be vying for a share of Jesus’ minutes up top, while Jorginho could get a sustained run in the side in Partey’s absence. But, we could also see Declan Rice start at the vase of midfield with Emile Smith Rowe or Fabio Vieira earning more opportunities.