Thomas Partey looks set to earn a recall to the Arsenal starting lineup for tonight’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa.
It’s the third game in the space of a week for the Gunners following a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United last weekend as well as hosting Molde in the Europa League.
Partey, who played 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over the Red Devils, was an unused substitute as Arsenal beat the Norwegian outfit on Thursday night.
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But the £45m summer signing from Atletico Madrid has trained with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Gabriel Magalhaes ahead of the visit of Villa so is available for selection.
Manager Mikel Arteta could name a much stronger side in comparison to the team that started three days ago as he looks for the win ahead of the international break.
“Yes, it would be great. Obviously, before the international break if you are able to win, the mood in the camp and everybody is much better,” Arteta said in his post-match press conference.
“You will reflect as well on your position in the table because there are other important games coming up.
“We know the game we are facing against [Villa], we have lost the last two times against them so it will be difficult, they are a team that has grown so much in recent months and they made some clever business in the market and they are stronger than last year.”
It looks like Partey, as expected, is in the Arsenal matchday squad if his social media activity is anything to go by.
Taking to Instagram, the 27-year-old has done his best to hype up the big game in north London which would suggest he’s in line for a recall.
Image: Thomas Partey/Instagram
Interestingly, Partey did similar three days ago when he was named on the bench against Molde.
So it would…