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Arsenal handed huge injury boost with key player 'spotted' in training as Arteta provides update

Ryan Smart

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Arsenal handed huge injury boost with key player 'spotted' in training as Arteta provides update

Arsenal appear to have been handed a major boost ahead of their Premier League clash against Everton on Saturday, with one of their key players pictured during training.

The Gunners travel to Goodison Park to take on a Toffees side who will be managed by new boss Sean Dyche for the first time.

Dyche was appointed as Everton manager last week, and will want to get off to a strong start to help his side escape from the Premier League relegation zone. They are currently one point away from safety.

The Toffees did not bring any players in on deadline day, which came as a surprise to many. Arsenal, on the other hand, did, with midfielder Jorginho arriving from Chelsea on an 18-month contract, with the option to extend by a further year.



And the club received more good news on Friday, with the official confirmation that forward Gabriel Martinelli has signed a new long-term contract until at least the summer of 2027.

But the positives may not end there for Mikel Arteta's side.

Key Arsenal player 'spotted' in training


In the latest pre-match training photos, midfielder Thomas Partey could be spotted in the background as preparations for Saturday's game continue - although that does not guarantee he will play a part in the fixture.

The Ghana international was substituted at half-time during the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup fourth round last week, and Arteta confirmed the midfielder would be sent for an MRI scan for a suspected rib injury.

The Sun's Jack Rosser claimed earlier this week that results showed Partey's injury to be 'not serious' after initial checks, and that he was expected to be fit in time to take on Everton.

Meanwhile, report that Jorginho could be in line to make his Arsenal debut, despite not being spotted in training photos.


He played 90 minutes in Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Liverpool on January 21 - his final game for the Blues - so has the advantage of not needing too much time to get up to speed as far as match fitness is concerned.

Speaking ahead of the game, Arteta would not be drawn on whether either player would start. On Partey, he said: "Let's see. That one is still a doubt. Let's see how he comes in today and if he's able to train or not. We will make a decision on that.

"He's not ruled out and it's nothing very significant, but it was significant enough to get him out of the game which, for Thomas, is a bit unusual, but hopefully he will be fine."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Premier League, Thomas Partey

Ryan Smart
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