Thomas Partey has returned to action for the Gunners for the first time in weeks after being left out over injury concerns.
Arsenal has returned to the top of the Premier league table after a comprehensive victory over Brentford. First-half goals from William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus gave Arsenal the desired start after their last two weeks defeat to Manchester United. Fabio Vieira added a third after the half-time break, scoring his first goal for the club. Ghanaian international Thomas Partey returned to action after more than three weeks of being absent.
Partey lasted 78 minutes before being replaced by Albert Sambi Lokonga. Thomas Partey suffered a thigh injury during the Gunners’ 2-1 Premier League victory against Fulham on August 27 and was substituted in the second half of the game. He was out of action in Arsenal’s games against Aston Villa, Manchester United and the club’s Europa League opener against FC Zurich. Last week, Arsenal announced the return of Thomas Partey to training with the team’s other first-team players.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted in August that the team was missing the Ghanaian in the midfield role and hoped he would quickly return to the team.
‘The win rate when Thomas is there is higher. It is something that is not good for us because, in the last two seasons, he has not been there as much as we want. We need him to play that role on his own, with the quality he brings and the experience that he brings. And the fact he brings things that are unique that we want,” Arteta noted.
It was not surprising that the Arsenal manager quickly fielded the player Despite Partey just returning from injury. Thomas Partey’s figures during the match were impressive, including the most touches (93) and completed the most passes (73) while also making seven recoveries.