Partey, Aubameyang, Odegaard: Arsenal team news and injury updates ahead of Man City clash

Arsenal welcome an in form Manchester City side to the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

The Gunners were in Europa League action during the week, drawing with Benfica in Rome in their round of 32 first-leg tie, and they were left frustrated by a whole host of missed chances.

They now return to Premier League action and they will be looking to make it two on the bounce after a rather comfortable 4-2 win over Leeds United last time out in the league.

But they face a huge test at the Emirates Stadium against a Man City side who are in sizzling form, sitting comfortably at the top of the table with a 10-point gap.

Arsenal have their work cut out against a Manchester City side who have won their last 11 Premier League games, surging to the top of the tree.

And ahead of that game, we have rounded up all the latest Arsenal injury news. Join us below.

Thomas Partey

Midfield enforcer Partey will not be available for selection for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s men on Sunday with his injury set to keep him out for the time being.

The Ghana international was forced off with just over 15 minutes remaining of the defeat to Villa and was replaced by Willian.

It is understood that the former Atletico Madrid ace signalled to the bench about some pain in his thigh before making the decision to come off.

When asked if he could be available for Benfica, Arteta replied: “Thomas didn’t travel. He’s not there yet, he’s still training individually.”

On the back of the injury, we asked expert Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT to give his opinion on what the problem might be.

“Partey grabbed at the hamstring area prior to being subbed off and I actually commented on this. In terms of the hamstring injury, can be a sensitive injury because of the load placed on it but sounds like a grade 1 injury,” said Brar.

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“The Arsenal physio staff have shown good results this season with Holding’s hamstring tear earlier this season in which he came back earlier than expected with no recurrence.”

Partey was, however, pictured peeking through the netting at London Colney and keeping tabs on his teammates, perhaps providing some advice to his fellow midfielders.

His emergence onto the training field suggests that he was involved in his own individual session, which represents another hurdle that has been overcome in his push to return to full fitness.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emile Smith Rowe, Cedric, Martin Odegaard, and Dani Ceballos were all substituted against Benfica, but for tactical reasons.

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