By Kevin Campbell

18th Feb, 2021 | 3:00pm

Campbell: This is why Arsenal can't keep Partey injury-free & it's a big problem

Arsenal missed Thomas Partey in the second half against Leeds United but they will not rush the midfielder back from injury, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Gunners and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested physically demanding training methods and matches have been problematic for the 27-year-old.

The £45million summer signing from Atletico Madrid is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem – his third injury of the campaign.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta today revealed the centre-midfielder had not travelled to Rome for the club’s Europa League Round of 32 tie against Benfica and would instead remain in London to do individual training.

At his previous club Atletico Madrid, Partey remained relatively injury-free and averaged 46 games per season.

When asked why the Ghana international was suffering frequent injuries at the Emirates, Campbell told Football Insider:

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“The main factor could be different training methods and the physicality of the matches. 

“He suffered an injury very early into his Arsenal career and it can be difficult to come back from that during the season. The more time he spends out, the harder it becomes to keep yourself going.

“I think they are doing the right thing. They are going to make sure that he is 100 per cent before they think about bringing him back.

“You can tell that we miss him though. You could see in the second half against Leeds that we lost control of the game. The midfield energy dropped and that is how Leeds got a foothold in the game.”   

In other news, Campbell reveals why David Luiz is set to be handed a new contract at Arsenal.