Arsenal top-four hopes may be gone after 'terrible' Thomas Partey injury update - expert
Arsenal would “struggle” to finish in the top four if Thomas Partey is sidelined for a significant period, according to Kevin Campbell.
The former Gunners and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed it would be “a big blow” to lose the 28-year-old as he is Arsenal’s “most important player.”
Partey was withdrawn after 74 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Monday night due to injury.
Speaking to Football.London after the game (4 April), Mikel Arteta revealed the centre-midfielder looks to have had a recurrence of a previous injury.
He added that the problem is “a big concern” for his side.
The Gunners welcome Brighton to the Emirates on Saturday.
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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his reaction to the news, Campbell said: “Everybody is waiting on the full assessment.
“He is the lynchpin in there for us so naturally it would be a big blow if he’s out for a while.
“Look, he was real poor against Palace but everybody was. When he does not play or he is off his game, it is terrible for us. We do not do so well.
“Fingers crossed it is not long term. Hopefully it is something that happened on the night that he can get over before Saturday because boy do we need him.
“I think he is our most important player. If Partey isn’t there, we are struggling. We need him fit.”