Arsenal midfielder set to be included in squad to face Liverpool as Mikel Arteta receives boost – .

Arsenal midfielder set to be included in squad to face Liverpool as Mikel Arteta receives boost – .

Thomas Partey will be fit to play for Arsenal against Liverpool, understand.
The 28-year-old has been uncertain since missing the 1-0 win over Watford before the international break due to a “tight groin”.

The injury was deemed so serious that he was unable to leave with Ghana in the past fortnight to help the Black Stars in their attempt to qualify for the World Cup.

But now it appears that despite some concerns expressed by Mikel Arteta ahead of Saturday’s clash at Anfield, Partey will be available for selection in what promises to be a crucial test of the Gunners’ top four benchmarks.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of Friday morning’s game, Arteta had admitted that he felt the ex-Atletico Madrid man had not done enough to be deemed fit to play against Liverpool.

“He couldn’t play for the national team,” said the Spaniard. “He really tried to do it because obviously they had a huge game and he really pushed for that one, but it wasn’t enough to do it.

“Again, this is something we have to assess today because until today he hasn’t done enough. “

However, after completing a practice session on Friday and a late fitness test, the Ghanaian will be ready to play. It is not yet known who he will replace in the team.

Albert Sambi Lokonga has generally been Arteta’s man of choice alongside Partey this season given Granit Xhaka’s long-term absence, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ impressive performances could be a selection headache. .

Whoever is chosen will have to be at the top of their game as Arsenal arguably face the biggest test of their post-August resurgence with a trip to Jurgen Klopp’s men.

“It’s one of the toughest places in the league for sure,” Arteta said of the game.

“For the environment, for the energy that the stadium creates, for the quality of the opponent, for the quality of the coach they have, for many reasons. This is why they are where they have been for the last few years.

“But we have to focus on what we can do and what we need to do. “

Arsenal should also be able to call on the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite the fact that he returned early this week from the international with Gabon.

The 32-year-old’s availability will be a boost for the Gunners, although it is not yet clear whether he will stay on the penalty spot, with Alexandre Lacazette among the contenders for the responsibility.


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