Injury expert: Partey 'really struggling' at Arsenal after sixth injury revealed
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is still “really struggling” to physically adapt to the intensity of the Premier League.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Partey did not make the Gunners’ matchday squad for the 1-0 win over Watford on 7 November.
As quoted by The Atheltic ahead of the match, manager Mikel Arteta revealed that the Ghanaian midfielder is suffering from a “tight groin”.
The 28-year-old signed from Atletico Madrid for £45million in October 2020 but is yet to start more than six matches in a row.
Dinnery explained that the physical demands of top-flight football in England may be taking their toll.
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“Prior to him signing to Arsenal, his availability was around 94 per cent,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“There was no indication that there were any red flags. What this probably highlights is the difference in intensity between the leagues.
“The Premier League is so unique. Players can struggle to adapt to the intensity and also how many games there are in succession.
“With Partey, it is a slight concern that he’s still really struggling. He has had six muscle concerns since he arrived at the club.
“Two of those resulted in more than a month on the sidelines and a third one was three weeks.
“There was also a high ankle sprain that put him out for a month as well. That just shows he needs to be managed.
“Arsenal aren’t involved in European football so there is plenty of opportunity to rest.
“So it is a slight worry but hopefully when he’s playing week in, week out at optimum levels, we’ll see those injury problems disappear.”