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Arteta confirms Partey thigh injury after losing against Aston Villa

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During the defeat against Aston Villa, the Ghana international was forced off and faces a nervous wait to find out the extent of the issue.

Head coach Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is set to have a scan on a suspected thigh injury suffered during the defeat against Aston Villa on Sunday.

At the Emirates Stadium, the Ghana international lasted just 45 minutes before being forced off during the break and replaced by Dani Ceballos.

A miserable evening for the Gunners, who slipped to a 3-0 defeat thanks to two goals from Ollie Watkins and a Buyako Saka own goal, was capped by news of Party’s injury.

“Arteta said when asked about the severity of Partey ‘s injury after the game:” I don’t know. The doctor will, as I said, have to look at him and probably scan him. We’ll decide what to do with him then.

The Spaniard would not be drawn into whether the injury of the Party would be sufficient to see him withdraw from the Ghana squad for the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations next week.

He added, “We don’t know [whether he will withdraw].” Tomorrow or the day after, we have to scan him and immediately see what he was feeling. Let’s wait and see what the injury’s magnitude is like.

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Arteta was at a loss to explain the performance of his side, which came just a week after claiming an impressive 1-0 win at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

They hit the target only twice out of 13 goal attempts and their tally of nine goals from eight Premier League games is the least they have scored for 22 years to start the season.

“Finding the reasons is very difficult,” Arteta added. I can’t say that I saw a change or that we trained in a different way this week. If I said that, I’d be lying. But obviously, there was something there today that [Villa] wanted a lot more than we wanted, and they were demonstrating it.

“If you’re late in every decision you make at the end of the day, if you don’t win enough duels, if every second ball isn’t for us, you don’t show the ball quality, you can’t defend your box, and if you get chances that you don’t even hit the goal, it’s a really complicated way to win football matches.”

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