• Gunners await the result of Thomas Partey's scan
  • Partey is unlikely to play at Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
  • Arteta is left searching for answers after the loss to Aston Villa

Arsenal FC may have gotten more than a loss to Aston Villa recently as prized recruit Thomas Partey suffered a suspect thigh injury.

The 27-year-old started for the Gunners alongside Mohamed Elneny, looking for a follow-up win after conquering Manchester United in their last assignment, 1-0.

Unfortunately, they lost, 3-0, as Ollie Watkins led the offensive by scoring two goals. The other was courtesy of Arsenal skipper Buyako Saka's own goal.

But right now, the immediate concern for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is the extent of Partey’s injury.

The head coach revealed in an interview that he has no update yet on the Ghanaian’s condition. A decision will only be made once Partey undergoes a scan and when the doctors provide Arsenal with the full report, Goal reported.

“I don't know. As I said, the doctor will have to have a look at him and probably scan him. Then we will decide what to do with him,” he said.

Depending on how serious the injury is, it raises questions on whether Partey would be available for Ghana in the coming Africa Cup of Nation qualifiers.

When asked about it, Arteta is clueless as well and reiterated that it all depends on the severity of the injury.

Partey's injury is an unfortunate development. He was performing well for the Gunners after he was secured the Ghanaian midfielder in October.

Arsenal completed a £45 million ($58 million) four-year deal for the Partey, which also includes an option for an additional year from Atletico Madrid.

Aside from possibly losing Partey for an extended time, Lampard is now left to figure out what went wrong for the Gunners against Villa.

They were only able to hit the target twice from 13 tries. So far, they have accounted for only nine goals in eight English Premier League games, which is the fewest they have scored in 22 seasons.

“I cannot say I have seen a change or this week that we have trained a different way. I would be lying if I said that. But obviously, there was something there today that [Villa] wanted much more than us, and they showed it,” Arteta explained.

Arsenal are reportedly set to meet Thomas Partey's buyout clause from Atletico Madrid
Arsenal are reportedly set to meet Thomas Partey's buyout clause from Atletico Madrid AFP / OSCAR DEL POZO