Arsenal fans have been celebrating today as news emerged from Mikel Arteta that Thomas Partey could be ready to face Benfica tomorrow.
The powerful midfielder has missed the last few weeks through injury. The Ghanaian has suffered a stop-start opening season with the Gunners, since signing from Atletico in the summer.
But Arteta’s confirmation earlier today that Partey could be available – pending a late fitness test – is a huge boost for Arsenal as they look to advance past Benfica in the Europa League tomorrow.
Partey could well be chucked right into the fold too if fit. His presence in the middle cannot be underestimated, and some Gunners fans on Twitter were buzzing at the prospect of seeing Partey back in the XI.
It seems some Arsenal supporters feel their summer signing is a big difference maker. Here, then, is what some fans had to say as Thomas Partey nears a return for the Gunners.
That’s the game won 👍
— Eddie Longbridge (@EddieLongbridge) February 24, 2021
Scared to play him also scared to start him
— AfcAce (@ace_afc) February 24, 2021
Ceballos and Partey tomorrow please 🥺🙏
— Oladotun (@oladotun_mayowa) February 24, 2021
Let him rest 2 more months or he’ll be back to Arsenal hospital bed again!
— Winter_Goonerette🔴 (@XhakaWinter) February 24, 2021
Good boost 👊
— TONYCHUKWUNONSO (@TONYCHUKWUNONSO) February 24, 2021
Don’t rush him back, please don’t rush him back
— Dr Van Nostrand (@NaamNhiSunaHoga) February 24, 2021
Partey and ceballos pivot it is 😍
— Daniel🦋 (@DanielMillsom25) February 24, 2021