Arsenal will be wrapping Thomas Partey in “cotton wool” to ensure he can play against Leeds United this weekend.

That is according to ex-Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the “world class” midfielder.

Partey did not go on national team duty with Ghana during the international break after suffering what their FA confirmed was a “minor ankle sprain” in Arsenal’s 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.

The £45million summer signing has remained in north London for treatment ahead of Sunday’s trip to Elland Road to face new boys Leeds United.

According to Gunners correspondent Charles Watts on his his YouTube channel, Partey, who has made an excellent impression for Arsenal since signing from Atletico Madrid, is confident his injury isn’t too severe.

Asked by Football Insider about the importance of Partey recovering for Arsenal’s clash against Leeds, Campbell said:

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“It is vitally important that he is back. He needs to play as many games as he can so he can get up to the speed of the Premier League as quickly as possible.

“In Spain, he never got injured but the Premier League is brutal. The physicality of it is different. It will take him time to get used to it but we know that he is a world-class player.

“Any team that loses a player of his quality will be weaker and Arsenal cannot afford to be weak.

“They will have patched him up, wrapped him in cotton wool and hopefully he can recover from the injury.”

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