Thomas Partey suffers fresh injury in Arsenal narrow victory over Burnley

Ghana international Thomas Partey has suffered a fresh injury in Arsenal’s narrow win against Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

Partey was forced off in the second half and replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles as he made his first full Premier League start since returning from injury.

The Ghana midfielder had missed the opening three league games of the campaign as well as the 6-0 Carabao Cup win over West Bromwich Albion with an ankle injury sustained in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea.

The 28-year-old impressed at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield at Turf Moor as his progressive passing and direct runs helped cause problems for the opposition defenders.

In the first half, Thomas Partey excelled and helped the visitors to take the lead before the break through a spectacular free kick goal scored by Martin Odegaard.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has meanwhile provided an injury update on Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney after the duo had to be substituted during Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Burnley.

“He’s the anchor,” said Arteta.

“He’s the one who has to read what is happening and make the rest better, that’s his biggest job to get the right balance in the team, the right fluidity in the attack. How he manages the transition is top, he has a charisma.

“He struggled at the end. He was cramping but that will come because he’s missed a long time. He needs some fitness back.”

Kieran Tierney also came off in the latter stages of the 1-0 win but Arteta believes the Scotland international did not sustain anything serious.

“Again he had a problem. I think he was cramping. The pitch was pretty difficult today it was quite long.”

Although it does not appear to be a serious injury, there are fears he could miss Arsenal next Premier League game against Tottenham.

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