The Gunners boss has reacted to his midfielder’s decision in the build-up to Harry Kane’s goal for Tottenham.
Mikel Arteta has shared what he thought of Thomas Partey’s actions during the North London Derby against Tottenham.
The Ghanaian midfielder, who started for the Gunners for the first time since November 8 following a thigh injury, limped towards the touchline as Arsenal looked to be on the attack towards the end of the opening 45 minutes.
But when the Gunners lost possession, Spurs were able to counter quickly and took advantage of the space vacated by the former Atletico Madrid man to score their second goal of the game through Harry Kane.
“I was trying to push him I don’t think he realised the gravity of the situation when he left his position.” said the Spaniard.
“But probably it was because he was in a lot of pain there’s nothing we can do at the moment to resolve that.
“It was too quick, we were through I think it was a four against three situation for us to play the final ball and we were through and suddenly they are coming to us and Thomas is walking to me I tried to push him.”
The Arsenal manager wanted to reserve judgement until he’d spoken to his player, but confirmed that he intended to exchange words with Partey as soon as possible.
“I haven’t spoken to him I don’t know exactly how it happened. If he felt something really serious I will look at it and we will talk about it,” he added.
Arteta was also able to reveal that the injury Thomas suffered was a recurrence of the thigh strain he had picked up against Aston Villa last month.
He is injured and it is in the same area” he said. “Unfortunately we don’t know how bad it is.”
After last week’s defeat to Wolves, the Gunners’ manager had seemed to imply that the Ghanaian would be out for longer than expected. It was therefore a surprise that he was deemed fit to play in the North London Derby on Sunday.
He had reportedly come through a training session on Friday and was deemed necessary to add some forward impetus into an Arsenal midfield that has looked slow and one-paced with Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos in it.
However, Partey lasted just under 45 minutes before having to be withdrawn. Mikel Arteta will be hoping he is not out for too long ahead of a gruelling festive fixture list.
The former Atletico Madrid man’s absence had little outcome on the game though, as the Gunners failed to score yet again in the second half and ended up losing 2-0. They are now 15th in the Premier League and have netted just 10 times in 11 games.