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‘He Felt Something’, Arteta Speaks On Partey’s Substitution Against City

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed Thomas Partey will undergo an MRI scan after picking up a knock that forced him off at half-time in Friday’s 1-0 FA Cup loss to Manchester City.The Ghanaian midfielder started the game but did not return after the break, replaced by Albert Sambi Lokonga, before Nathan Ake netted the 64th-minute winner.Partey has been a near ever-present for Arsenal this term, making 16 Premier League starts but may be set for a stint on the sidelines with an apparent rib issue.”He felt something and we didn’t want to take any risks, so he could not continue,” Arteta told reporters. “He had some discomfort and it was getting worse and worse.”Tomorrow or the day after we’ll have to have an MRI scan and see what he has.”Arteta would not be drawn on whether Partey’s potential injury means they need to invest in midfield reinforcements during the January transfer window.

“At the moment we’ve had the injury of Mo [Elneny] – it’s been impossible to get him fit,” Arteta said.”Sambi’s come in and I think he’s done well. That’s why we have players. It’s true that Thomas is a big influence, a big personality and an important player in our squad. In the second half, we didn’t have him.”Arteta would not be drawn on speculation linking the Gunners with a £60million bid for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo either. The Ecuadorian took to social media on Friday to plead with his club to let him go.”You know that I’m not going to comment on any players until anything is done,” Arteta said.'”As I said before, we’ve been pretty active in the market. We have some necessities and if something else is available, the club is willing to try to do it when it’s reasonable.”Hopefully [that would be] a player that can improve our squad.”

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