July 21, 2022
Arsenal’s injured starter returns fully fit for pre-season

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 13, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 13, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Charles Watts reports on his YouTube channel that he understands Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are on track to feature in pre-season for Arsenal.

Partey’s situation is the most advanced as all sources report that he is now fully fit and ready for pre-season. Watts thinks Tierney is also fit, but that’s not so certain.

Ghanaian outlet 442 reported last month that Arsenal had asked Ghana to excuse Partey from his last round of international matches.

Partey was still recovering from the injury which caused him to miss the end of the club’s season, and Arsenal wanted him to miss the AFCON qualifiers as a precaution.

Ghana won one and drew in Partey’s absence, so it was probably worth giving them the rest for their long-term benefit.

Crystal Palace's English midfielder Conor Gallagher (R) tackles Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on 4 April 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Crystal Palace’s English midfielder Conor Gallagher (R) tackles Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on 4 April 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Partey last played for Arsenal on April 4, and his injury certainly came at a bad time for Mikel Arteta’s side. He has missed the final nine games of the season and the Gunners have lost four.

But the main advantage is that the 28-year-old then had so much time to recover.

Arsenal begin their pre-season preparations next week, with matches starting in July. Partey should now have a full pre-season to return to game sharpness.

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