ARSENAL are confident Thomas Partey will be fit for next weekend’s clash against Everton.
That’s despite the star going off injured in yesterday’s FA Cup defeat at Manchester City.
Partey, 29, has been one of Arsenal’s standout players in this season’s unexpected title charge.
The former Atletico Madrid man has chipped in with two goals in 16 games from midfield.
But Partey gave Mikel Arteta a fright when he was forced off at half-time at the Etihad yesterday.
Albert Sambi Lokonga came on after Partey suffered a blow to his ribs.
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And Arteta later confirmed that his No5 was set for an MRI scan, dealing a blow to Arsenal’s title hopes.
However, the Gunners are today confident that Partey did not suffer a serious setback.
The MRI results have instead given the powerhouse the all-clear.
And he is expected to be in the starting XI when Arsenal travel to Everton next Saturday.
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The news is sure to delight Arteta, who saw Partey’s replacement Lokonga endure a torrid time in the 1-0 defeat to City.
Arsenal are hoping to boost their midfield before Tuesday’s deadline with the signing of Moises Caicedo.
But Brighton are demanding a mega fee of £90million after rejecting Arsenal’s £60m bid.
Chelsea are also keen after the Ecuadorian publicly announced his intention to quit the Amex.
Caicedo would be the second star to swap Brighton for Arsenal this month should a deal go through.
Leandro Trossard completed a £27m Emirates switch last week after falling out with boss Roberto De Zerbi.
And the Belgian looked bright on the left as he started his first Arsenal game last night.
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