Arsenal issue updates on Gabriel and Partey ahead of Newcastle FA Cup clash

Thomas Partey could make his Arsenal comeback against Newcastle in the FA Cup on Saturday after recovering from a thigh injury.

Partey has been out of action since December 6 when he was forced off in the north London derby defeat to Tottenham.

The Gunners have enjoyed a return to form without their star midfielder and will be hoping that continues as they host Steve Bruce's side at the Emirates on Saturday evening.

On Partey, Arsenal said: "Thomas is now back in full training with the squad after recovering from an injury to his left thigh.

"Thomas will continue to work hard to establish match fitness after being out of action for a month. He will be assessed regarding his availability ahead of Saturday’s match."

Arsenal will be without Gabriel following a positive test for Covid-19.

The defender hasn't played since the defeat by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on December 22 and will continue to follow coronavirus protocols.

"Gabriel previously tested positive for Covid-19," Arsenal said. "He is feeling well and is showing no signs of illness.

"Only on the successful completion of the necessary protocols and medical checks in the coming days will Gabriel be able to return to full training with the squad.

"As part of Premier League protocol, all members of our first team squad and support staff continue to be regularly tested for Covid-19."

Arsenal have won their last three games, picking up nine Premier League points against Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom.

They begin their defence of the FA Cup against Newcastle having won the competition for a record 14th time last season, beating Chelsea in the final on August 1.

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