Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is unlikely to play again this season due to a thigh injury… as he reveals Alexandre Lacazette should be available for Southampton after missing training for ‘private reasons’
- Arsenal travel to Southampton aiming to get top four challenge back on track
- They lost away at Crystal Palace before being beaten at home by Brighton
- Thomas Partey sustained the thigh injury in the defeat at Selhurst Park
Mikel Arteta has conceded Thomas Partey is now unlikely to play again this season as the midfielder continues to struggle with a thigh injury.
Partey picked up the problem in defeat by Crystal Palace earlier this month and missed last week’s defeat by Brighton too.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southampton, Arteta said: ‘The news is not looking very positive (for) his availability this season but we will have to wait and see. At the moment we are not very optimistic about it.’
Thomas Partey sustained the injury away at Selhurst Park at the start of the month
Arsenal are already without Kieran Tierney (knee) and Takehiro Tomiyasu, who has been out with a calf problem.
Alexandre Lacazette has missed training ahead of Saturday’s trip to St Mary’s for ‘private reasons’ but Arteta said there is a good chance he will be available.
‘There are private reasons that I can’t comment on but I have no other team news apart from the guys we discussed. We will see if he’s available. It’s a good possibility that that’s the case,’ the Arsenal manager said.
Mikel Arteta refused to accept that playing Granit Xhaka at left-back last week had been a mistake
Meanwhile, Arteta also faced questions relating to his decision to field midfielder Granit Xhaka at left-back last weekend in the absence of Kieran Tierney as opposed to recognised defender Nuno Tavares.
He said: ‘When I put a player on the pitch I see he’s in the right position to do that. When he see that he’s doubting I don’t give him any favours in doing that.
The Arsenal manager said he hoped Alexandre Lacazette would be available for the trip to St Mary’s
‘Look at the stats when Granit plays at left back. You don’t get much better than that.’
‘With Nuno? No [he doesn’t lack belief]. He needs to go through periods of belief. When I’m convinced to do something that I believe is best for the team I do it,’ Arteta added.
Arsenal travel to Southampton aiming to get their top four challenge back on track after two successive defeats.