“He felt something in training. We scanned it, and the doctor came with some bad news. It’s a muscular injury, and hopefully, he will be back soon,” Arteta said of the 22-year-old in mid-August.
The returns of Partey and Smith Rowe will be particularly pleasing for Arteta. The Spaniard has seen his midfield options decimated by injuries in recent weeks, with Mohamed Elneny also a long-term absentee.
Arsenal attempted to sign another midfielder before the transfer deadline earlier this month. Three bids were submitted for Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz but the Villans remained firm and insisted that the Brazilian would not be sold.
Luiz could be signed in January or at the end of the season – when his contract with Villa expires. Arteta is almost certain to buy a new midfielder in the next 12 months.