Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey could have an MRI scan this weekend after coming off injured within the FA Cup fourth-round defeat at Manchester Metropolis.
Partey was substituted at half-time in Friday evening’s loss as he was changed by Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirmed the Ghanaian, who has been an influential a part of their season, was in “some discomfort”.
Arteta mentioned: “He had some discomfort and it was getting worse and worse.
“He was uncomfortable to proceed. (Saturday) or the day after he could have an MRI scan and see what he has.
“We’ve for the time being the harm of Mo (Elneny). It’s not potential to get him match. (Albert) Sambi has are available and has executed effectively.
“It’s true Thomas is an enormous affect and an enormous character and within the second half we did not have him.”
The Gunners are looking out for a brand new midfielder earlier than the switch window closes and any severe harm to the 29-year-old may speed up these plans forward of Tuesday’s deadline, with Mohamed Elneny at the moment out injured.
Arsenal had a £60m bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo rejected on Friday.
The south-coast membership insist Caicedo isn’t on the market on this January switch window, however Arsenal stay and are deciding whether or not to return in with an improved supply.
Late on Friday evening, the Ecuador worldwide launched a social media put up asking Brighton to take up a ‘magnificent alternative’ following Arsenal’s £60m bid.
Requested a couple of transfer for the 21-year-old following the defeat at Metropolis, Arteta responded: ” that I’m not going to touch upon any gamers till something is finished, and I’ll proceed like that.”
Requested if Arsenal hope to be busy within the coming days, the Spaniard replied: “We’ve been fairly energetic available in the market.
“We’ve some requirements and if one thing else is accessible, the membership is keen to attempt to do it when it’s affordable and hopefully it is a participant that may enhance our squad.”
Keane: I anticipated extra from Arsenal at Metropolis
Roy Keane says he “anticipated extra” from Arsenal of their 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Metropolis and labelled their efficiency “disappointing”.
The north London facet sit high of the Premier League, 5 factors forward of Metropolis however they had been crushed by Nathan Ake’s second-half winner within the first assembly between the 2 sides this season.
Arteta, nevertheless, did make six modifications from final weekend’s Premier League win over Manchester United, whereas Metropolis made simply two as they included the likes of Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne of their beginning XI.
Former Manchester United midfielder Keane instructed ITV: “It was laborious to gauge Arsenal tonight due to the staff they put out.
“Wanting on the beginning line-up you possibly can sense that this was not their precedence. They wish to get that Premier League title.
“However I do know the gamers are going to be down for the following few days as they do not wish to get beat.
“They will recuperate and in the event that they go on to win the league, they will say they needed to sacrifice this sport, however once you make so many modifications significantly defensively, you ship the message that you simply’re not that bothered – which isn’t a great message to ship.
“I anticipated extra from Arsenal tonight however they had been disappointing.”
Pep: Arsenal will change issues up in title race
Pep Guardiola has dismissed ideas Metropolis’s 1-0 win could have any affect on the Premier League title race.
The Spaniard admitted the ways employed by his former assistant Mikel Arteta stunned him as Arsenal’s man-to-man marking interrupted Metropolis’s movement.
“It was a good sport, a troublesome opponent,” Guardiola mentioned. “The second half was higher other than 10 minutes after the objective.
“I did not count on this method, the man-to-man. It made the method troublesome. Within the second half we needed to contact greater than ordinary with Erling (Haaland), it’s what we needed to do. However it’s a victory, the following spherical, we’ll see what we’ve got to do.”
Metropolis head to the Emirates on February 15 within the Premier League however Guardiola mentioned he didn’t suppose this outcome could have any bearing.
He mentioned: “I’m fairly positive each groups are going to regulate one thing.
“I’ve the sensation now they’re going to do one thing in another way.”
Keane: It’s going to take quite a bit to cease Metropolis
Guardiola’s facet have now gained their final three video games after struggling back-to-back defeats earlier this month.
Keane instructed ITV: “Pep Guardiola criticised his gamers a few weeks in the past however they’ve reacted effectively.
“These boys are naturally winners over the previous few years in order that they’re used to it. It’s going to take quite a bit to cease them.
“What we noticed tonight was the expertise Manchester Metropolis have proven over the previous few years, understanding the right way to win video games.
“There was one actual lapse from Arsenal and so they acquired punished for it.
“It is good to win matches once you’re not at your perfect and there is much more to come back from Metropolis. They weren’t at their perfect tonight however within the FA Cup it is about getting the job executed.”