Thomas Partey’s injury woes at Arsenal explained after strong record in past

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Thomas Partey has suffered with injuries at Arsenal this season because he didn’t have a sufficient pre-season, says Mikel Arteta.

Partey, who joined the Gunners in a £45million switch from Atletico Madrid back in October, is facing another spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring problem in last week’s 1-0 defeat away at Aston Villa.

The Ghanaian midfielder has struggled for fitness throughout his debut campaign in north London, meaning he has only made 11 Premier League appearances since completing his move from Atletico.

And after sustaining another injury at Villa Park, he could miss crucial upcoming fixtures against Benfica and Manchester City.

Partey's woes come as a surprise given he only spent a total of 29 days out injured during his five-year spell at Atletico.

Arteta believes he is paying the price for not getting a sufficient pre-season under his belt at The Emirates, admitting his new recruit has been too desperate to impress when returning to full fitness.

“He hasn't had a pre-season and probably hasn't had the type of preparation needed for such a change and then his anxiety willing to do so well, to feel important, he's a big signing,” the Spaniard said.

“All those things add. He broke down again, we need to be patient now and he needs to recover properly because it's going to be key for us to have him available towards the end of the season.”

When discussing Partey’s latest injury, Arteta said: “We were all devastated because we know the importance of Thomas.

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  • “We haven't had him since we signed him for 3 consecutive games. It's a big blow for us but he's adapting to the league.

    “He has been very unlucky as well and he is very frustrated because he is a very competitive guy who wants to feel important and be important for the team and at the moment the injuries are restricting a lot of game time for him.

    “It is a difficult one, he felt something during the game and we didn’t think it was too bad but after the scan looked a little bit worse.

    “He won’t be available to play against Leeds [on Sunday] and we will see how it evolves in the next two days, but it is a muscular issue.”

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