Arsenal succumbed to a shock 3-0 loss to Aston Villa on Sunday night in a huge setback for Mikel Arteta. An injury to Thomas Partey during the match only made matters worse. And the Gunners boss has given an update on the Ghana international as football goes into the international break.
Mikel Arteta has declared that there is a lack of clarity over the nature of Thomas Partey’s injury after getting crocked on Sunday night.
Arsenal were roundly beaten by Aston Villa at the Emirates late last night in an embarrassing result for the home side.
Dean Smith’s men trounced the Gunners 3-0 after an own goal from Bukayo Saka in the first-half before a quickfire Ollie Watkins double after the break.
It seriously hampers Arteta’s aims of potentially leading a Premier League title challenge while also laying doubts that they can finish in a Champions League spot.
Prior to the season, some had Arsenal down as dark horses after a brilliant end to the campaign where they won the FA Cup – while also beating Liverpool in the Community Shield.
But the loss to Villa has brought them back down to earth, while also leaving them 11th in the table.
And there is more bad news with the added injury of Partey, who has been arguably their best player since he was brought in on deadline day last month.
The Ghana international was subbed off at half-time and Arteta said: “Thomas Partey is injured.
“I support the five substitutes rule but I’m also for the possibility of having 20 players in the squad, but that’s another story that we can not control.”
Arteta was also shocked by the level his side played at and took full responsibility.
“First of all congratulations to Aston Villa for the way they played and the victory,” he told Sky Sports.
“After that, we performed below our standards and I have to say it’s the first time I’ve seen us play and we weren’t a team.
“I take full responsibility. We didn’t start well enough, we got away with VAR for an offside situation but we lost all the races, the duels and we were sloppy on the ball.
“When we created chances we didn’t hit the target. It’s a really bad combination. We left spaces and on the counter we looked really vulnerable.
“I take full responsibility. I am responsible to make the team perform on the pitch and today we were not a team and it is my job. It is why I am standing here.
“It is a frustration. It takes a lot to build momentum, to build a way of being, living and performing and when something like that comes up it’s a hard one to take but in a hard moment you learn more than in a positive moment and I want to see how we react.”