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Thomas Partey injury latest with Arsenal midfielder set for scan on thigh

Thomas Partey’s injury will be “scanned” today, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has announced in an update on the player’s injury against Aston Villa.

The Gunners midfielder has impressed fans ever since he arrived from Atletico Madrid for £45m on transfer deadline day.

But the Ghanaian was replaced at half time by Dani Ceballos after picking up a thigh problem in a tackle against Emiliano Martinez.

And the Gunners boss is wasting no time getting the star midfielder checked out and ready for a return as soon as possible.

Speaking to the club website after the game, Arteta said: “We don't know, we have to scan him tomorrow or the day after and see what he felt straight away.

“Let's wait and see what the magnitude of the injury is.

“I don't know [if he will go away with Ghana now]. As I said, the doctor will have to have a look at him and probably scan him.

“Then we will decide what to do with him.”

Arsenal were blown away by Villa as they piled on the pressure from minute one, with John McGinn finding the net in the first minute – only to be ruled out for offside.

But the side that had beaten Liverpool 7-2 last month did not rest on their laurels and forced an own goal from Bukayo Saka after 25 minutes.

Despite Arsenal getting back into the game and threatening former goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, two strikes from Ollie Watkins with 15 minutes left ended any chance of a comeback.

And Arteta admitted it was a unique performance from his side, saying after the game: “First of all congratulations to Aston Villa for the way they played and the victory.

“After that, we performed below our standards and I have to say it's the first time I've seen us play and we weren't a team.

“I take full responsibility. We didn't start well enough, we got away with VAR for an offside situation but we lost all the races, the duels and we were sloppy on the ball.

“When we created chances we didn't hit the target. It's a really bad combination. We left spaces and on the counter we looked really vulnerable.”

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