Thomas Partey injury blow could force Arsenal boss into formation change

The last time Albert Sambi Lokonga began a game for Arsenal, they were amidst a midfield
crisis.

Yet again the circumstance presently isn’t exactly however desperate as it seemed to be in January, when Lokonga was the main fit and accessible central midfielder, yet Thomas Partey’s physical issue this week implies the Belgian should move forward for the Gunners.

Partey injured his thigh during Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday and scans have shown muscle damage.

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The Ghanaian has not given up hope of playing again this season and, while he has a better chance of doing so than Kieran Tierney, it still looks unlikely.

“It’s what we have, it’s the numbers we have,” said boss Mikel Arteta.

“We’ve lost Kieran and we’ve lost Thomas now — and that’s it. With the players we have, we will keep trying like we have since the start of the season, but we never had a big squad, so we can’t find any excuses.”

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