Thomas Partey boost confirmed and Rob Holding not involved in Arsenal training ahead of Benfica

Arsenal and Mikel Arteta have been handed a huge boost ahead of Thursday’s Europa League decider against Benfica.

Midfielder Thomas Partey is back in full training.

The £45million signing from Atletico Madrid last summer has missed the last three games across all competitions with a thigh injury sustained in the 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa at the beginning of the month.

Partey was spotted in Saturday’s training session at London Colney, ahead of the Manchester City clash, although it seemed he was involved in his own individual session as he peeked through the netting to keep tabs on his teammates.

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And that proved to be the case as the Ghana international didn’t make the Gunners’ matchday squad and his presence in the middle of the park was sorely missed.

With that said, Arteta could soon be able to call upon his big-money summer signing as his side looks to overcome Benfica at the round of 32 stage in the Europa League.

As mentioned earlier, Partey has been training individually in recent days.

But the 27-year-old has taken a major step towards being available for selection once again as on Tuesday he was involved in a session alongside his teammates.

Ahead of the game in Athens, Partey was put through his paces at the club’s London Colney training base.

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In a five-minute clip uploaded to, Partey can be seen going through a light jog alongside Granit Xhaka at the beginning of the session and that is soon followed up with some work with the ball.

Thomas Partey during an Arsenal training session. (Image:

Thomas Partey and Alexandre Lacazette during an Arsenal training session. (Image:

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