Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed that Thomas Partey will likely be out for a ‘few extra video games’ having suffered a ‘vital damage’ within the latest defeat towards Aston Villa.
The information comes as an enormous blow to the Spaniard, who noticed his aspect fall to a 3rd successive residence loss within the Premier League towards Wolves on Sunday night.
“He had an damage very early within the recreation, he needed to proceed the second half,” Arteta informed reporters.
“We knew it was a major damage. He’s completed very properly and he’s working very exhausting, he desires to be accessible.
“Hopefully we will get him again quickly but it surely’s an space we must be cautious and we must be protecting with the participant.
“I don’t suppose he will likely be with us within the subsequent few video games.”
The most recent improvement means Partey will miss a vital north London derby towards Tottenham subsequent weekend, along with matches with Burnley, Southampton and Everton subsequent month.
The two-1 defeat to Wolves means Arsenal have made their worst begin to a season in 39 years.
The Gunners sit 14th within the desk however – a yr to the day since Unai Emery was sacked as head coach – Arteta insists he isn’t nervous about his personal place.
“It’s one thing that the day I made a decision to be a coach I do know that at some point I will likely be sacked or depart the soccer membership,” he added.
“I don’t know if it’s the day after I signal my contact, in a month’s time, a yr’s time or six months’ time. I by no means fear about it.
“My solely concern is to get the most effective out of the gamers, give the absolute best service to the membership and turn into higher and higher.
“I do know, I repeat, on this career, at some point I’ll get the sack or depart however I don’t know when that’s going to occur.”
When requested if he was involved by his staff’s latest poor run, Arteta admitted: “It’s if you lose three video games in a row for various causes at residence. I’m actually involved, I’m liable for that.”