Thomas Partey recently stepped up his recovery and has resumed training with Arsenal’s first team at London Colney on Friday.
The 27-year-old summer signing wasn’t involved in the 4-0 win against West Brom, as revealed by football.london, with the Arsenal medical team pencilling in the FA Cup match against Newcastle on January 9 as a potential return date for the £45million man.
“He hasn’t trained fully with us, but he has done most parts of training the last few days,” said Mikel Arteta after the win at The Hawthorns.
“He is feeling good and we will assess him. He needs another two or three good sessions to see if he is 100% available to play. If that is the case, great news for us.”
When asked whether the Ghanaian star will be like a new January signing, Arteta admitted that the return of ‘The Octopus’ can help “transform” his team in a positive way.
“Absolutely. We are in January and I think he’s played two and a half games,” he said.
“That’s all and he was our main signing. So yeah. We’ve been missing him. He brings something different to the team, he’s a player with enormous talent.
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“But as well someone that can transform the team the way we want. It’s great if we can have him, keep him healthy and I think will contribute in a really positive way.”