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Arsenal make Thomas Partey injury call to finally join Man City and Liverpool’s title tactic

Thomas Partey is due to remain with Arsenal and not join Ghana for the international break in a boost to the Gunners’ title plans

Thomas Partey is due to stay with Arsenal following a decision taken collectively to not join up with the Ghanaian national side. The 30-year-old will work on his fitness at the Sobha Realty Training Centre instead of playing for his country against Nigeria and Uganda.

The decision for Partey to stay and not join up with his international teammates is a decision that should come as a welcome move by supporters and it seems one taken with the player’s support too. The Ghanaian senior national team posted that Partey had, “Asked to be excused from the game to gain full fitness following recent injuries.”

Having seen both title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City make calls with some of their own stars ahead of the break, protecting players from the tests of the international scene is greatly preferred. But it is additionally promising that the player himself is making the good call despite the pull of playing for his nation.

Man City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has not joined up with the Belgian national side after missing the FA Cup clash with Newcastle United. He was substituted during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool and was shown to be frustrated with his manager’s call.

Pep Guardiola said after the game: “I’m happy to see that. I like it if he’s upset, it’s good. He’s happy now.

“I knew what we were missing, we missed keeping the ball. After (he went off) we did it better. But, listen, Kevin… what can I say for Kevin… we need him and he is important.

It seems the minor issue was picked up in the days after the game and so missed the cup win. Liverpool meanwhile could see three players potentially pulled out after Jurgen Klopp revealed issues after their clash with Manchester United in the FA Cup.

“Now the boys go on international duty, we hope they come back healthy,” said Klopp. “Lucho [Diaz] felt his groin, Darwin hamstring. Cody twisted his ankle. They play again in four or five days, it’s crazy

Hopefully we will finish the season in style. I really feel for our people.”

It remains to be seen if they will, like De Bruyne, be pulled from their respective nations but it wouldn’t shock many to see it happen. Arsenal meanwhile have several stars going away with England like Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka although both Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus will not be with the Brazil squad for the friendly at Wembley – Gabriel Magalhaes however will be.

With this being the final break before the end of the season, losing any players now would be incredibly painful for Arsenal. Therefore, as mentioned, it is indeed a relief so see the Partey decision made and allowing the midfielder further recovery after making a couple substitute appearances following his long-awaited return to action.

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