Arsenal: Arteta urges Gunners to build on Chelsea win
Summer signing Thomas Partey has not featured since limping off during the 2-0 defeat to rivals Tottenham, but he could soon be back in action after training with the first team on Monday. Arsenal take on Brighton on Tuesday evening as they look to continue to turn their season around.
Arsenal have received a huge boost ahead of their game against Brighton tonight after Thomas Partey trained with the first team on Monday.
Summer signing Partey has not featured since limping off during the 2-0 defeat to rivals Tottenham.
But as the Gunners were preparing to face Brighton on Tuesday, the Ghanian made his return to training.
It is not thought that he will be available to face the Seagulls though after Mikel Arteta appeared to rule him out of the next two matches.
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Speaking after the win over Chelsea, asked if Partey would be available to face Brighton or West Brom, he replied: “Not yet, he hasn’t started to train with us yet so I think he’s a few more days away.”
There was some bad news though as defender Gabriel tested positive for Covid-19.
The Brazilian missed the win over Chelsea after coming into contact with someone who tested positive, as did David Luiz.
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With the surprise victory over Chelsea in the bag, Arteta insists that things are really starting to look up for his side as they prepare to take on Brighton.
“We mentioned earlier in the week that it was a big week for us: we’ve started in a really positive way, now let’s carry on,” he said.
“But we know how tough the Premier League is and to win matches is complicated and it doesn’t matter where they are at the moment. It will be a fight and we have to be ready for that.
“I saw a lot of things that I really liked from the start [against Chelsea]. One of them is the courage that we have to play and the energy that we showed and how aggressive we were with the ball and the energy that the team was transmitting in a football match.
“We were very direct, we were playing forward and we were really attacking. There was a lot of movement, the spaces were always occupied and we were a threat in behind.
“There were a lot of things. But it depends on the players, it depends on the opponents but on Saturday it was close to a lot of things that we want, for sure.”
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