Thomas Partey injury latest as Arsenal get boost ahead of Leeds United match

Thomas Partey could be fit for Arsenal as they return to Premier League action against Leeds United, according to an insider.

The Ghanaian has impressed fans since his deadline-day move from Atletico Madrid, making five appearances for the Gunners.

But the 27-year-old was forced off the pitch at half time in the 3-0 loss to Aston Villa, holding ice to his thigh.

Partey took a scan the day after the Emirates Stadium defeat before deciding not to join his Ghana team-mates for international duty.

And Gunners insider Charles Watts has reported that the Ghanaian is set to give his side a boost.

The insider has spoken to a source close to Partey, who has said the £45m man is “confident” his injury is not serious and he could return quickly.

This could be in the next seven days, just before the north London side take on Leeds.

Arsenal will travel to Elland Road looking to bounce back from the Villa loss, which has put them 11th in the Premier League table after eight games.

Their last league win came against rivals Manchester United, with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the winning penalty.

And the Gabon international was full of praise for Partey’s part in the club’s first Old Trafford win for 14 years.

He said: “It was a great performance from the whole team and it was great to see Thomas Partey play like that even though he’s not been here long.

“Off the pitch, he’s a really humble guy and you can see that on the pitch as well because he really gives everything in the game.

“He is really simple and quiet, so humble, and we all really like him.

"He’s really funny too – sometimes he’ll do some jokes and we won’t be expecting it. So he’s settled in really quickly.

“On the pitch, his strengths are his energy and the way he can stop counter-attacks and dangerous situations. That’s really important for us.”

It comes as Partey also earned praise from former Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas as a “top, top” player.

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