Thomas Partey: Fans say the same thing as midfielder returns to Arsenal training

Thomas Partey: Fans say the same thing as midfielder returns to Arsenal training

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Thomas Partey is back to full training in a boost for Arsenal
  • The Ghana international has been out since October with a thigh issue
  • He could make a return to the squad against Nottingham Forest

Football fans have come up with interesting theories after Thomas Partey returned to full training, barely a day after his nation was knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Gunners were handed a major fitness boost by their star midfielder, who has been out for more than three months after injuring his thigh during a shooting drill.

Thomas Partey is back training with Arsenal after recovering from injury.
Arsenal announced on Thursday that Thomas Partey was back in full training. Photo: Ryan Pierse.
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The 30-year-old subsequently missed Arsenal’s last 12 Premier League games in a run that has seen the Gunners slip up in the title race.

His injury also kept him out of the Africa Cup of Nations, as Ghana had to make adjustments in midfielder to accommodate his absence.

The Black Stars ultimately failed to get out of the group stages, with a defeat and two draws insufficient to see them through.

Fans react to Partey’s recovery

On social media, sections of fans were irked by the timing of Partey’s recovery.

According to Football London, the Ghana international’s recovery has been immense, and could make the match day squad when the Gunners take on Nottingham Forest in their next Premier League game.

The fueled speculation that Partey snubbed international duty to prioritise his career at Arsenal.

Here are some of the comments from fans:


"There were just waiting for Ghana to be eliminated to unveil him but anyway welcome."


"Thomas Partey is miraculously fit when Ghana exited from AFCON. He will never be a Black Stars Legend in my books."


"Oh look, Thomas Partey is back to being fit the moment Ghana are knocked out of AFCON. Pretty sure that's what we were being accused of trying to do with Salah by Arsenal fans. I'm sure their outrage will transfer to this."


" I am really happy Thomas Partey didn't make the AFCON for the Ghana National squad, these rivals would have used him to troll Arsenal "


"So Ghana knew that by the time Thomas Partey gets back from injury, they'll already be out of the AFCON."


"Ghana is out of AFCON partey is back, let the Rice Partey begin."

When does Arsenal play next?

The Gunners are not in action this weekend as they are out of the FA Cup courtesy of Liverpool, who beat them 2-0 in the third round on January 7.

Their next assignment is in the City ground against Nottingham Forest in a late fixture on Tuesday, January 30.

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