Thomas Party, an important cog in Arsenal’s midfield, walked off with an injury before Ghana’s game against Brazil, which may be devastating news for the Gunners.
For the Black Stars’ match against World Cup favorites Brazil, the ex-Atletico Madrid player was scheduled to make his first start. Three minutes before the Africans’ 3-0 loss to the South Americans, he limped off with an injury he sustained during warmups.
Marquinhos of PSG began the scoring, and then Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur scored again in quick succession right before halftime to seal the deal. In any case, Mikel Arteta’s squad will be counting on the veteran midfielder’s availability for the north London derby following the international break.
The defensive midfielder has missed Arsenal’s last three games, but he did play 78 minutes in their 3-0 win on the road against Brentford. The Gunners lost 3-1 on the road to Manchester United in early September, and they missed him terribly.
At the Emirates Stadium, Party watched the Gunners win two straight games by a score of 2-1 over Fulham and Aston Villa. That’s terrible news for Arteta and the rest of the Arsenal faithful.
Update on Thomas Partey. Just a precaution.
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The 29-year-old appeared to have resolved his injury concerns after playing the full 90 minutes in each of Arsenal’s first three Premier League matches against Crystal Palace, Leicester City, and Bournemouth. When Arsenal hosts Tottenham, one of their biggest rivals, they will need their enforcer in top form.
The combination between Party and fellow midfield stalwart Granit Xhaka has been rock strong. They appear to be the backbone of an Arsenal team that is currently leading Manchester City in the Premier League standings.
While Albert Sambi-Lokonga has shown flashes of brilliance, Arteta will likely start his most seasoned players against Antonio Conte’s squad. Spurs have not been playing particularly well, but they are one of only two teams in the Premier League that has yet to suffer a defeat.
In fact, if Manchester City loses to Manchester United and Manchester United doesn’t win Arsenal, they will be in first place in the league.
Manager Avram Grant gave Party his first call-up to the Ghana squad in preparation for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Mauritius. On June 5, he made his debut, coming on as a substitute for Frank Acheampong in the final 11.
minutes of a 2-0 road victory that secured a spot in the finals for the Black Stars. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Congo on September 5th, 2017, Party scored a hat trick for the first time in his international career.
Kwesi Appiah has included Party in his final 23-man roster for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. He scored in the Black Stars’ 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau in their last group stage game, which helped them finish first in their bracket and advance to the knockout stage. In a penalty shootout versus Tunisia on July 8th, he scored a goal despite his team’s elimination.
In 2018 and 2019, Party was named Ghana’s Player of the Year. Party has been appointed as Ghana’s deputy captain for the next qualifying matches for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.