Mikel Arteta on Partey injury, Tavares confidence and Lacazette

The Gunners boss is set to face the press ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Brighton at the Emirates this Saturday

Mikel Arteta is set to face the press ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Brighton at the Emriates Stadium on Saturday.

It’s been a devastating week for the Gunners who succumbed to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Partick Vieira’s Crystal Palace on Monday night.

The worst though was yet come as it was later confirmed that Kieran Tierney is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, while Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey are also set to be sidelined for some time.

Their replacements had something of a mixed bag at Selhurst Park as Nuno Tavares was withdrawn after just 45 minutes, but Albert Sambi Lokonga drew several plaudits for his appearance off the bench.

It’s a terrible time of the season for Arsenal to suffer so many injuries to key players, with Champions League qualification at stake and Tottenham starting to gather some momentum.

Thomas Partey injury latest

Arsenal have provided an update on the injury Thomas Partey sustained on Monday night during their 3-0 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Ghanaian pulled up and signalled to the Gunners bench that he needed to come off just before Wilfried Zaha led a palace counterattack that culminated in a penalty after Martin Odegaard brought down the Ivorian winger.

Zaha then got up to score the penalty and while the goal was a devastating blow for Mikel Arteta ‘s men in the race for the top four it appears that worse was still to come. football.london reported on Wednesday that Partey had suffered a thigh strain similar to the one he picked up during last season’s North London Derby defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

This was ratified by Arteta who claimed after the game on Monday that the early prognosis was not positive. “He felt something in the same area that he got injured previously, so big concern,” the Spaniard said. And now Arsenal have confirmed the extent of the Ghanaian’s injury.