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Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal star will be available for selection against Sheffield United

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that important Arsenal star who’s been struggling with injury will be available against Sheffield United

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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is ready to make his comeback for the Gunners as the team prepares to face Sheffield United on Monday. 

Partey has been sidelined since October due to a thigh injury sustained during training, but after weeks of rehabilitation, he has rejoined training sessions and is nearing full fitness.

Mikel Arteta expressed optimism about Partey’s availability for the upcoming fixture, stating, “Thomas had a session before the last game and now he’s done two or three consecutive sessions. He should be part of the squad on Monday.”

However, uncertainties loom over the availability of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu, both grappling with calf injuries. Arteta revealed that a decision regarding their inclusion would be made closer to the matchday, depending on their progress in the weekend sessions.

“Those [players] it’s possible but we’ll have to wait and see,” said Arteta. “Especially in the last two sessions on Saturday and Sunday. If that’s the case they might be available on Monday.”

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Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus, who has been contending with a knee injury, returned to training and was present as an unused substitute during Saturday’s triumphant 4-1 victory over Newcastle. Arteta remains hopeful about Jesus’s swift recovery, emphasising the importance of managing his workload cautiously.

“What happened is he got a knock in another area that caused a different kind of injury, so it wasn’t related to the first one,” he said. “And then he had a little niggle, it was a muscle issue that kept him for 10 days out.

“He’s fit enough. How long he will last that’s something different. We didn’t want to take any risks after the result we had against Newcastle.

“We need him fit, he’s a massive player for us and now we want to make sure we load him in the right way.”

However, concerns persist over the readiness of Jurrien Timber, who continues to undergo integration into first-team training following a recent injury setback. Arteta clarified, “Jurrien is still not close enough to be part of the squad on Monday,” indicating that the Dutch defender requires more time before being considered for selection.

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