Arsenal receive Thomas Partey boost as Mikel Arteta decides on Hector Bellerin transfer deal

Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Thursday, February 25.

Partey available to face Benfica

Midfield enforcer Thomas Partey has been included in the Arsenal squad that will face Benfica in Athens this evening, can reveal.

The Ghanaian international, who joined the Gunners from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid back in October, has experienced a stop-start season in his maiden campaign in north London with injury issues proving to be a regular occurrence.

Partey has missed the Gunners’ last three matches in all competitions after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa earlier this month.

However, the midfielder has been given the green light to return against Benfica this evening after successfully coming through training at London Colney.

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It remains to be seen whether or not he will start the match or be named on the bench.

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Arteta eyes swap deal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would prefer a swap deal rather than receive the financial gain of losing Hector Bellerin this summer, according to reports.

In the last few days, it has emerged that Bellerin is keen on leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer in pursuit of a new challenge, with Paris Saint-Germain poised to reignite their interest.

The French heavyweights were keen on signing Bellerin last summer but they failed to strike a deal with the Gunners, who were reluctant to let go of the right-back at the time.

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However, Bellerin has expressed his interest in leaving this summer. Should PSG lead the race for his signature, Arteta, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles, would prefer a swap deal, with Julian Draxler the name being discussed.

Castles said: “It is our information that Bellerin and his agent have told the club he wants to…