Partey could feature against Newcastle in the FA Cup

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Thomas Partey could feature for the Gunners against Newcastle in the FA Cup on Saturday after recovering from his thigh injury.

The Ghana international suffered an injury in the North London club’s 2-0 defeat to arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur last month. He has returned to full training and Arteta believes he is in better shape now than he was prior to the days before the North London derby. 

The Gunners have two training sessions between now and the start of their FA Cup defence on Saturday and the manager said that a decision would be made on Partey’s involvement based on how he performs in those two sessions. In the event that he is protected for the game against Newcastle, he will be in contention for the Premier League game against Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium on Thursday.

Since signing for Arsenal from Atletico Madrid for £45 million in the summer, Partey has made six appearances for the North London club in all competitions. He put in a man-of-the-match performance in the Gunners’ 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford and is sure to significantly improve the team on his return. 

On whether Partey will play against Newcastle United in the FA Cup, Arteta said:

“Well, we have an extra two training sessions [before the game] and we will assess after that whether he is completely fully ready to participate against Newcastle, or if we’re going to leave it another few days for the Palace game. He is training really good, he is comfortable, he is not aware of the injury right now and he has done more than what he already did before he played after the injury against Spurs, so he is in a good place, a good mood and you can see the player he is when he is training.”

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