Thomas Partey will have been “shocked” by the performance of his Arsenal teammates against Aston Villa on Sunday, according to Kevin Campbell.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Highbury favourite is frustrated that the 27-year-old has suffered injury so soon into his Gunners career.

Ghana’s FA confirmed yesterday that the centre-midfielder suffered a “minor ankle sprain” in the 3-0 home defeat against Villa last weekend.

Subsequently, he will not join up with his international teammates this week but will instead remain in north London and begin his treatment ahead of the trip to Elland Road to face new boys Leeds United on 22 November.

Partey produced a Man of the Match display against Manchester United earlier this month to help end Arsenal’s 29-game wait for an away win against a fellow ‘big six’ rival.

When asked by Football Insider if he was worried about the potential absence of the £45million summer signing, Campbell said: “These things happen in football, sadly.

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“I am sure Thomas Partey would have been shocked by the performance against Aston Villa.

“The frustrating thing is that this guy was virtually ever-present at Atletico. He rarely suffered injury but the Premier League is a different kettle of fish and this is something Arsenal have to deal with.

“It’s an Arsenal thing – you have just signed a top player, he plays well and he gets injured.”  

In other news, Mikel Arteta was ‘shocked’ by the performance of senior Arsenal player who was ‘exposed’ v Villa.