Arsenal: Charles Watts drops worrying Thomas Partey injury verdict
Charles Watts has predicted that Arsenal ace Thomas Partey could miss at least three weeks of action due to his muscular injury, though it remains unclear as to how serious his issue is.
The Lowdown: Arsenal beginning to stutter
After a blistering start to the season, the Gunners now appear to be struggling for consistency and teams may be starting to figure them out.
The Gunners have only taken two points from their last three games, which has seen them relinquish top spot in the Premier League after losing to Manchester City on Wednesday evening.
Many Arsenal fans will have been fearing the worst before the game even kicked off when news emerged that Partey would be missing due to an unspecified muscular issue, forcing Mikel Arteta to hand Jorginho his first league start at the Emirates Stadium.
The Latest: Partey may miss several weeks
Watts has spoken on his YouTube channel about the uncertainty surrounding Partey’s latest injury with it either being a thigh or hamstring issue facing the Ghana international.
He said: “I couldn’t say for certain what the injury is in terms of what body part. I’ve been told thigh, but I’ve also heard hamstring, so I just don’t know for sure.”
The Arsenal correspondent then went on to make a worrying prediction as to how long Partey could now miss due to what the timescale is for muscular injuries.
He added: “That’s a blow, no doubt about it. Hopefully, it’s not going to be something too long, but you’d imagine he’s not going to play this weekend, you would think, and then it’s Leicester next week as well.
“A muscle injury, you’re probably looking at minimum three weeks, but again, that’s me just guessing at the moment. I don’t have any real concrete information on how long he’s going to be out for, but I’d be very surprised if he plays in the next couple of games – let’s put it that way.”
The Verdict: A difficult blow to overcome
Arsenal have only lose one game in which Partey has played more than 45 minutes this season, which shows just how important he is to the way Mikel Arteta sends his team out to play, and while Jorginho is an experienced winner, he is a lot older than Partey so may not be able to can’t get around the pitch as effectively.
Partey also enables Arsenal’s more attack-minded players to get further forward, as he’s clearly capable of shielding the back four, having won the most tackles and made the most interceptions in the team (FBref).
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Therefore, Arteta will surely be praying that the midfielder’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared and that Watts’ prediction of three weeks or more is wrong, or they could well go from title contenders to simply settling for a spot in the top four.