By Kevin Campbell

11th Nov, 2021 | 10:52am

Pundit 'confident' of Partey 'big boost' after confirmed Arsenal news

Kevin Campbell has claimed the international break has come “at the perfect time” for Arsenal given Thomas Partey’s injury.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said it will be “a big boost” if the 28-year-old is fit to start against Liverpool on November 20th.

Partey missed Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday with a groin problem.

Speaking on the midfielder’s injury after the victory, Mikel Arteta told club media his staff “don’t know how it’s going to evolve”.

The Ghana star is yet to link up with his international teammates ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa.

The Gunners will be hopeful Partey is fit for the trip to Anfield after the international break.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the injury news, Campbell said: “The international break has come at the perfect time.

“Liverpool will be a big test.

“You cannot legislate for a muscle injury. You cannot really prevent it. Hopefully it is not as bad as we may fear.

“The medical team will assess over the next two weeks and let’s hope he can come back. I’m confident he can be ready.

“At Anfield, we are definitely going to need him. It would be a big boost if he’s fit to start.”

Speaking on Partey’s fitness, Arteta said: “Let’s see what happens with Thomas. He wasn’t available to play today.

“He’s got a muscle injury, and we don’t know how it’s going to evolve, so let’s take it day by day.”

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