Arsenal’s misery on losing to their North London neighbours compounded after Partey left the field injured at halftime. Partey, who was out for almost a month due to a thigh injury was expected to play a crucial role in the midfield against Tottenham, but was unable to complete the game after suffering another injury.
Mikel Arteta confirmed it was not the recurrence of the same injury and defended his decision to start Partey. Speaking to reporters ahead of Arsernal’s Europa League game Arteta said “He did incredibly well, he was confident. We tested him three times and he had no symptoms. He got injured in the same area, but not in exactly the same spot as before. But in football you have a lot of unpredictable actions. He went into the floor, his knee got stuck, after he needs to stretch and get up up. Immediately he put a lot of stress in a similar area and he felt it again. He had an MRI yesterday, there is an injury there, he will miss the next few matches.”
Arteta was seen attempting to push Partey onto the field moments before Kane doubled Tottenham’s lead in the first half stoppage time, and the Gunners manager admitted the midfielder was wrong to leave the pitch. He said “Thomas is out, he’s limping, he’s in pain, he has to come off and we lost a man in that crucial transition moment. He has to fall on the floor. I wanted him on the pitch, doing whatever he could for the team in that situation. No one expected him not to be in that position. I was trying to push him back on the pitch, I don’t think he realised the gravity of the situation when he left his position.”