Thomas Partey injury labelled “an Arsenal thing” as Gunners star sidelined

Thomas Partey’s injury should come as no surprise as it is “an Arsenal thing” for a star signing to be sidelined early on in their Gunners career.

That is the verdict of Kevin Campbell after seeing Partey ruled out with a thigh complaint midway through the defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.

Ghana midfielder Partey has made an impressive start to life at the Emirates after Arsenal swooped to meet his £45million release clause at Atletico Madrid on Deadline Day.

His masterful midfield performance in the 1-0 win at Manchester United earlier this month earned special plaudits and led to comparisons with Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.

Partey has impressed since his £45million move to north London

But Partey was forced off at half-time against Villa – with his side 1-0 down – and he subsequently withdrew from international duty to start his rehabilitation at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground.

For Campbell, it was bitterly disappointing to see the 27-year-old succumb to an injury – but it was not altogether surprising.

“These things happen in football, sadly,” former Gunners striker Campbell told Football Insider.

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The 27-year-old was substituted at half-time in the defeat to Villa

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“I am sure Thomas Partey would have been shocked by the performance against Aston Villa.

“The frustrating thing is that this guy was virtually ever-present at Atletico. He rarely suffered injury but the Premier League is a different kettle of fish and this is something Arsenal have to deal with.

“It’s an Arsenal thing – you have just signed a top player, he plays well and he gets injured.”

Partey made over 180 appearances during five seasons with Atletico’s first team, playing a vital role as Diego Simeone’s side clinched the Europa League in 2018.

In that time, he was sidelined on just two occasions and missed a total of six matches due to minor hamstring injuries.

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