Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will have an MRI scan this weekend after coming off injured in the FA Cup fourth round defeat at Manchester City.
Partey was substituted at half-time in Friday night’s loss, replaced by Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed the Ghanaian, who has been an important part of their season, is in “some trouble”.
Arteta said: “He had some discomfort and it was getting worse and worse.
“It was an inconvenience to go on. (Saturday) or the day after he will have an MRI scan and see what he has.
“We have at the moment Mo (Elneny) injured. We can’t get him fit. (Albert) Sambi came and he did well.
“It’s true that Thomas has great potential and a great personality and we didn’t have him in the second half.”
The Gunners are closing in on a new midfielder scout ahead of the transfer window and any serious injury to the 29-year-old could accelerate those plans ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, with Mohamed Elneny currently injured.
Moises Caicedo rejected a £60m tackle on the Brighton midfielder on Friday.
South coast club Caicedo is currently not for sale in this January transfer window, but Arsenal are interested in staying and deciding whether to return with a better offer.
Late on Friday night, the Ecuador international took to social media to ask Brighton for a “great opportunity” to bid for the 60m striker.
Asked about the move 21 years after the defeat at City, Arteta replied: “You know I’m not going to comment on any of the players until something happens, and I’ll continue like that.”
When asked if the hopes of Arsenal were busy in the coming days, the Spaniard replied: “We have been quite active in the market.
“We have some necessities and if there is something else available, the club is willing to try to do it, when it is reasonable and hopefully there is a player who can improve our team.”
Keane: I expected more from Arsenal at City
Roy Keane said he “expected more” from Arsenal in their 1-0 FA Cup defeat at City and labeled the game “disappointing”.
The north London side sit top of the Premier League, five points ahead of City but were beaten by Nathan Ake’s second-half winner in the first meeting between the two sides this season.
Arteta, however, made six changes from the Premier League’s closest rivals Manchester United, with City including just two in Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne in the starting XI.
Former Juventus midfielder Keane said ITV: “It was difficult to send out the horses this night, I guess, for the sake of the horses.
“Looking at the starting line-up you could feel that this was not their priority. They want to win the Premier League title.
“But I know the players will not want to come down in the following days.”
“They will receive and if they continue to win the league, they say they will sacrifice this game, but when they have made so many changes, especially defensively, you send a message that you are not bothered – which is not a good message to send.
“I expected more from Arsenal tonight but they were disappointed.”
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Pep Guardiola suggests City’s 1-0 dismissal will have no impact on the Premier League title race.
The Spaniard admitted that the skills used by Mikel Arteta’s former assistant surprised him as the Arsenal man interrupted City’s flow.
“It was a tight game, a difficult opponent,” said Guardiola. ‘The middle half is better 10 minutes after the end apart.
“I didn’t expect this approach, man to man. The process became difficult. In the half we had to contact more than usual with Erlingo (Haaland) what we had to do. But it is the next victory, we will look around, we will see what we have to do.”
City will head to the Emirates on February 15 in the Premier League, but Guardiola said he did not think anyone would have this outcome.
He said: “I’m pretty sure both teams can adjust to something.
“It makes sense now that they’re going to do it differently.”
Keane: It’ll take a lot to stop the city
Guardiola’s side have now won their last three games after suffering back-to-back defeats earlier this month.
Keane said ITV: “Pep Guardiola criticized the players a few weeks ago but they behaved well.
“These boys are naturally winners over the last few years. It’s going to take a lot to stop them.
“What we saw tonight was the experience Manchester City have shown in recent years, knowing how to win games.
“There was one real slip from Arsenal and he gave penalties.
“It’s good to win a match when you’re not at your best and there’s a lot more to come from City. They weren’t at their best tonight, but in the FA Cup it’s about getting the job done.”