Thomas Partey: Arsenal midfielder to undergo MRI scan after FA Cup fourth-round defeat at Manchester City | football news
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will undergo an MRI scan this weekend after coming off injured in the FA Cup fourth round match at Manchester City.
Partey was substituted at half-time Friday night loss He was replaced by Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta confirmed that the Ghanaian, who has been an influential part of the season, feels “some discomfort”.
Arteta said: “He was feeling a bit uncomfortable and it was getting worse.
“He was uncomfortable going on. (Saturday) or the next day he’ll have an MRI scan and see what he’s got.
“We have Mo (El-Neny) injured at the moment. It’s not possible to get him fit. (Albert) Sambi has come in and has done well.
“It’s true that Thomas has a lot of influence and a lot of personality and in the second half we didn’t have it.”
Arsenal are looking for a new midfielder before the transfer window closes, and any serious injury to the 29-year-old could accelerate those plans ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, with Mohamed Elneny currently out through injury.
Arsenal made a £60m bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo on Friday.
The south coast club insist Caicedo is not for sale in the January transfer window, but Arsenal are still interested and deciding whether to return with an improved offer.
late Friday night, The Ecuador international made a post on social media asking Brighton for a ‘fantastic opportunity’ Following Arsenal’s bid of £60m.
Asked about the 21-year-old’s transfer following the defeat at City, Arteta replied: “You know I will not comment on any player until something is done, and I will continue like this.”
Asked if Arsenal hoped to be busy in the coming days, the Spaniard replied: “We have been very active in the market.
“We have some necessities and if there is something else available the club is willing to try to do that when it is reasonable and hopefully he is a player who can improve our squad.”
Kane: I expected more from Arsenal at City
Roy Keane says he “expected more” from Arsenal in their 1-0 home FA Cup defeat, and describes the team’s performance as “disappointing”.
The North Londoners are five points clear of City at the top of the Premier League but were beaten by second-half winner Nathan Ake in the first meeting between the two sides this season.
However, Arteta made six changes from last weekend’s Premier League win over Manchester United, while City made just two as they included the likes of Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne in the starting line-up.
Former Manchester United midfielder Kane said ITV“It was difficult to measure Arsenal tonight because of the team they put together.
“Looking at the starting line-up, you might feel that this wasn’t a priority for them. They want to win the Premier League title.
“But I know the players will be frustrated in the next few days because they don’t want to be beaten.
“They’ll recover and if they continue to win the league they’ll say they have to sacrifice this game, but when you make a lot of changes particularly defensively you send a message that you’re not upset about it – which is not a good message to send.
“I expected more from Arsenal tonight but they were disappointing.”
Pep: Arsenal will change things in the title race
Pep Guardiola has dismissed suggestions that City’s 1-0 victory would have any impact on the Premier League title race.
The Spaniard admitted the tactics used by his former assistant Mikel Arteta surprised him as Arsenal’s man-to-man defense impeded City’s flow.
“It was a tough game and a tough opponent,” Guardiola said. “The second half was better except 10 minutes after the goal.
“I didn’t expect this approach, man to man. It made the process difficult. In the second half we had to make more contact than usual with Erling (Haaland), that’s what we had to do. But it’s a victory. Next round, we’ll see what we have to do.” .
City head to the Emirates on February 15 in the Premier League but Guardiola said he did not think this result would have any impact.
He said: “I’m sure both teams will adjust something.
“I have a feeling now they’re going to do something different.”
Kane: It’ll take a lot to stop Seti
Guardiola’s side have now won their last three matches after suffering back-to-back defeats earlier this month.
Ken said ITVPep Guardiola criticized his players two weeks ago, but they reacted well.
“These boys are naturally winners over the past few years, so they’ve got used to it. It’s going to take a lot to stop them.
“What we saw tonight is the experience that Manchester City have shown over the past few years, knowing how to win games.
“There was one real misstep by Arsenal and they were punished for it.
“It’s good to win games when you’re not at your best and there’s a lot to come from City. They weren’t at their best tonight but in the FA Cup it’s about getting the job done.”