Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

Arteta confirmed both players suffered from cramp.

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that both Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney were forced off due to cramp towards the end of their 1-0 win against Burnley on Saturday, but is hopeful both will be fine for next week.

Partey was substituted off on the 75-minute mark with Arsenal 1-0 up, after signalling to the bench that he couldn’t continue.

The Ghanian is yet to complete 90 minutes this season after missing the first three matches of the campaign with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Tierney, who has been a mainstay in the Gunners team so far this season, made way for Nuno Tavares shortly after.

Speaking after the match, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta explained why both had to be taken off at Turf Moor.

‘He [Partey] struggled at the end, he could not finish at the end, he was cramping, but that will come up. He’s missed a long time that will come again, and he needs some fitness back.

‘Again he [Tierney] had a problem. I think he was cramping. The pitch was pretty difficult today it was quite long.’

Arteta blamed a ‘difficult’ pitch for the injuries.

The Gunners have had a torrid time with injuries and illnesses so far this season with key players, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Granit Xhaka and Emile Smith Rowe all already missing games.

A fine free kick from Martin Odegaard gave Arsenal just their second Premier League win of the season against Burnley, who had a penalty given for a foul on Matej Vydra from Aaron Ramsdale, only for it to be overturned by VAR.

Arsenal play host to AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, before welcoming North London rivals Tottenham next Sunday.

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