Arsenal’s Thomas Partey to have scan on ankle injury after Chelsea loss
Written by crest887fm on August 2, 2021
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will need a scan on an ankle injury he sustained during Sunday’s 2-1 pre-season defeat by Chelsea.
Partey limped off during the first half following a tackle by Blues midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Arsenal travel to Brentford in their English Premier League opener on 13 August.
Arteta has however ruled out selling midfielder Granit Xhaka before the transfer window shuts at the end of this month.
The Switzerland international, who scored the equaliser against Chelsea in his first appearance of pre-season, has been heavily linked with a move to Roma.
Tammy Abraham scored the winner for Chelsea at Emirates Stadium, pouncing on Hector Bellerin’s loose pass before firing home from just inside the area with 18 minutes left.
Xhaka’s header had brought Arsenal level just three minutes earlier, cancelling out Kai Havertz’s first-half opener.
Arteta’s side thought they had levelled late on when Joe Willock’s shot hit the underside of the bar and appeared to bounce over the line, but goalline technology was not in use and the goal was not given.
Summer signings Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares all came on as substitutes for their home debuts.
England international White, who happens to be a 50 million Pounds capture from Brighton, went quickly into the action, doing well to clear Hakim Ziyech’s effort off the line early in the second half.
More than 20,000 fans attended the game following the relaxation restrictions.