Premier league news Thomas Partey drops hint over Arsenal team selection against Crystal Palace Last spor news
MetiNews.Com - The 27-year-old has missed Arsenal's last nine games across all competitions because of injury, but is expected to be available for the London derby against Crystal Palace
Breaking News ! Thomas Partey's return to action for Arsenal could be imminent. The £45million summer signing from Atletico Madrid has been out of action since the 2-0 North London Derby defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at the beginning of December when he pulled up shortly before half-time with a groin injury. As a result, he's missed the last nine Arsenal games across all competitions - including the last three in the Premier League as Mikel Arteta's side returned to form in his absence. The Gunners manager finds himself in a position where he has a fully fit squad to choose from for tonight's Premier League game against Crystal Palace which potentially creates a team selection dilemma. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Gabriel Magalhaes is in contention after overcoming Covid-19 releated issues, while Gabriel Martinelli has recovered from an injury scare and took part in full training on Wednesday. But is Partey finally in line for a return to the matchday squad? That may be the case as if his social media activity is anything to go by. Taking to Instagram, the 27-year-old has done his best to hype up the big game in north London which could suggest he will at least be in the matchday squad. This is a ploy that Partey's teammates in Willian, Nicolas Pepe, and Gabriel Magalhaes have used whenever they've been included in an Arsenal matchday squad this season. (Image: Thomas Partey/Instagram) However, it should be noted that Partey has also done this in the past for games that he's missed. The most recent examples were the Boxing Day win over Chelsea as well as last weekend's FA Cup third-round win over Newcastle United. Read More Related Articles Who is Richard Garlick? The Premier League chief Arsenal poaching as new director of football Read More Related Articles Rob Holding opens up on 'crazy' confrontation with Jurgen Klopp and clash with Sadio Mane Although the situation is different now as Arteta has already revealed that the midfielder is in contention to start against Palace. "Absolutely and because obviously we are able to watch him in training," Arteta said, when asked if he's seen enough of Partey to indicate he will make an immediate impact on the team. "And who he is as well. I think he's got a different presence. Sign up to our Arsenal newsletter for the latest transfer news By signing up for our Arsenal newsletter, you will receive a once-daily email, focused around goings-on at Emirates Stadium. You won't miss a thing when it comes to the Gunners - you'll get all you need to know directly into your inbox. We'll also send out special newsletters with any big breaking news too.
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"I think he brings something different to the team. It's not just about his talent it's not, about his physicality, it's who he is as a person. He makes players better around him and that's a big quality. "It's incredible that we are in January, we signed him in the summer and we only played him twice. So, we haven't really seen the impact that we believe he could have on the team. Obviously, we have missed him. "On the other hand we've seen players stepping in as well. When that happens they give us some really positive news as well. But I think it's going to be a big bonus if we can keep him fit."
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