By Ben Dinnery

29th Sep, 2022 | 3:08pm

Expert salutes 'last-minute' Thomas Partey decision as Arsenal reap the rewards

Arsenal will be grateful that Ghana decided to pull Thomas Partey out of the starting XI at the last minute before their clash against Nicaragua on Tuesday (27 September).

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Partey, 29, started the 3-0 win over Brentford in the Gunners’ last match before the international break having missed the previous four games with a hamstring issue.

The midfielder was absent for both Ghana’s 3-0 defeat to Brazil last Friday (23 September) and the 1-0 win over Nicaragua four days later.

As quoted by football.london on Tuesday (27 September), national team boss Otto Addo revealed that he had left him out so as not to exacerbate a small knee injury.

Dinnery saluted Addo for his safety-first approach and predicted that Partey will be ready for the clash against Tottenham on Saturday (1 October).

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“My understanding is that it is a minor issue,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

You want to commend Ghana for pulling him out of the firing line just moments before kick-off. If not, that might have exacerbated the issue further.

I think now he has a very good chance of making that North London derby.

Mikel Arteta trusts and likes him as a player. That indicated that he threw him straight back in there when he recovered from that previous thigh injury. On that occasion, he fit in seamlessly.

So, get him back to the training ground, get some sessions, and he will have a very good chance of starting against Tottenham.

In other news, Kevin Campbell backs Arsenal to sign Gabriel Jesus ally after “huge” transfer report.