Thomas Partey, a midfielder for Arsenal, will get an MRI this weekend to determine the extent of the rib injury he sustained against Manchester City on Friday.
In the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night, Manchester City defeated Arsenal 1-0, and Thomas Partey was forced to leave the field at halftime due to an injury.
The Gunners were eliminated from the FA Cup in the fourth round after losing 1-0 to their Premier League title rivals at the Etihad thanks to Nathan Ake’s goal. The outcome was made worse by Partey’s injury, which required him to leave the field at halftime.
Albert Sambi Lokonga was brought in to replace Partey after he suffered a rib injury in the first half. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke in his post-game news conference, outlining what transpired and the strategy.
He said, “Yeah, he felt some pain and it was growing worse and worse. We didn’t want to take any chances, so he couldn’t continue. It was a blow to the ribcage.
He felt unable to go on and did not feel secure enough to do so. It will have to be an MRI scan, and we’ll find out what he has either tomorrow or the day after.”
Partey is now a question mark for Arsenal’s next game on Saturday, February 4, against Everton. In a good midfield combination with Granit Xhaka, the 29-year-old midfielder has been a crucial player for Arteta this season, starting 16 of the club’s 19 Premier League games.
The injury is especially concerning in light of center midfield’s dearth of depth. Arteta appreciated Lokonga’s second-half effort versus City but lamented the lack of options due to Mohamed Elneny’s knee injury.
He said, “Well, Mo has an ailment right now, and it hasn’t been able to get him fit. Sambi came in and, in my opinion, did well. That’s what we have.
True, Thomas has a significant impact on our team and was absent during the second half. He also has a significant personality and playing style.”
During the January transfer window, Arsenal is trying to fill the void left by their lack of choices in central midfield. After adding defender Jakub Kiwior and striker Leandro Trossard, they are now attempting to sign Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.
The Seagulls first turned down a £60 million bid for the Ecuador international, but they could now be obliged to sell after Caicedo made his departure intentions known on Friday night.