According to Goal, The midfielder was called for the first time in a month in the starting XI, but was replaced before the break by Dani Ceballos.
During the first-half stoppage time of his side’s Premier League match against Tottenham, Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was forced off injured.
In over a month, when he was named in the starting XI for the North London derby on Sunday, Partey returned from injury to make his first appearance for the Gunners.
During the build-up to Harry Kane’s goal that put Spurs two goals up, he walked over to the touchline and was replaced by Dani Ceballos soon after and just seconds before half-time. Spurs went on to win the 2-0 derby, returning to the Premier League in the first place.
Partey had been out of action after he was kicked off at home at Aston Villa on November 8 in his side’s 3-0 loss and subsequently missed Premier League games against Leeds and Wolves, as well as the Europa League, matches against Molde and Rapid Vienna.
During the week, the Ghana international only returned to Arsenal training and after his side’s win against Rapid Vienna, coach Mikel Arteta said that the summer signing could feature against their city rivals.
Arteta was asked about the 27-year-inclusion old’s in his starting XI ahead of the match on Sunday.
“We didn’t expect him to be fit for the game but he has been training well and is] ready to play,” he told Sky Sports.
At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Arsenal fell behind just 13 minutes into the match. Before lashing past Bernd Leno from outside the box, Son Heung-min led Spurs’ charge forward, combining with striker Kane.
As he passed to Kane, Son then turned provider, who then fired in to double the advantage of the home side.
Tottenham entered second in the table in the game and one point behind Chelsea, who jumped into pole position on Saturday with a victory over Leeds.
Arsenal, meanwhile, sat 15th in the table with 13 points out of 10 matches, winning just one of their last six top-flight games in England.
“A win would change the mood completely, it is not just the game it is also the occasion. We are here to win,” Arteta said of the need for a good result from his side.
“”The way we will approach it will serve us to change the situation we are in in the league. We have to be at our best, they are a threat, they are in a really consistent form but we can beat them.”