Arsenal manager provides injury update on €50m-rated midfielder

The London giants have revealed Thomas Partey is ‘progressing well’ and will be closely monitored ahead of their clash with Man City this weekend. Ghana international has missed the Gunners last two matches with Benfica and Leeds United with a hamstring injury.

Thomas picked up the knock in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on 6 February, forced off midway through the second half, but was photographed back in training at London Colney on Saturday afternoon. And while Partey was not pictured with the main group, will be assessed ahead of the visit of the PL leaders on the weekend.

‘Thomas is progressing well from a strain to his hamstring against Aston Villa on 6 February and will continue to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match,’ an update from Arsenal read. Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, returned to the Gunners side in midweek with Benfica having missed their last five games with a calf problem.

Man City are 10 points clear at the summit of the PL thanks to a hard-fought victory over Everton in midweek and are riding a 17-match winning streak in all tournaments. ‘What they have done is react to a difficult moment,’ Mikel Arteta told reporters, referring to Man City’s slow start to the campaign.

‘A big team has to do that when everyone is doubting their ability to compete again and be the team that they are. They reacted in a really convincing way, all united and doing what they do best, being very consistent and winning games very comfortably. I think they are the best team in Europe at the moment.’