After a perfect start to this year’s Premier League campaign, Arsenal seem to have handful of injury issues to deal with. The Gunners have picked up 6 wins from 7 games so far as they sit atop of the table. A 3-0 win at Brentford last week nicely set them up for the North London derby at home against Tottenham, which will be their first fixture following the conclusion of the ongoing international break.

However, even before the break comes to an end Arsenal have received a major blow with their star midfielder Thomas Partey. The Ghana international was about to feature for his country against Brazil after being named in the starting line-up. But Partey had to be replaced by Baba Idrissu after he felt a discomfort in his knee in the warm up. The Gunners now fear that the 29-year-old won’t be available for the upcoming North London derby, which could be a huge loss for Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal star Thomas Partey once again picked a knock, this time on international duty with Ghana as he is now a doubt for the North London derby. Credits: Twitter

Injury crisis worsens at Arsenal ahead of crucial run of fixtures next month

Arsenal already have many of their important players on the treatment table as some are nursing minor knocks whereas others have suffered long term injuries. Thomas Partey is the latest to join club captain Marti Odegaard, summer signing Oleksandr Zinchenko, Emile Smith Rowe, Cedric Soares, Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny who have sustained injuries.

All of them missed the Brentford clash, and are doubtful as well for the North London derby. According to reports coming out from the Ghana camp, it was Partey’s knee which has troubled him constantly where he felt pain ahead of the Brazil showdown. However, the African nation is yet to make an official statement regarding the severity of their midfielder’s knock.

Arsenal too are yet to confirm for how long this injury could potentially keep Partey out of action. He has already missed three games this season due to the recurring injury, and once again looks set to be on the sidelines. However, Arsenal correspondent for GOAL Charles Watts has reported that the initial prognosis of the midfielder tells that he shouldn’t be out for long, and even is hopeful to make the Tottenham showdown.

Partey has often sustained recurring injuries since making his move to Arsenal from Atletico in the summer of 2020. Credits: Twitter

Partey has been a bit of injury-prone since joining the North Londoners from Atletico Madrid for £50 million on the deadline day of 2020’s summer market. He has missed 36 games so far over the course of two seasons, and is already at the risk of missing many more. Moreover, the times are tough ahead for Arsenal and they need their best players on the pitch.

Arsenal have a stacked October as crucial games follow their North London derby. Arteta’s men face Bodø/Glimt in the Europa League twice, and Liverpool and Leeds in the Premier League next month. With Zinchenko, Odegaard and Smith Rowe too recovering from their knocks, Arteta will have to cautiously use his players for these important games as the FIFA World Cup is also around the corner.