• Ghanaian midfielder available to face Crystal Palace
  • Partey has played just one game in past two months

Thomas Partey is a “special character” who raises the level of those around him, according to Mikel Arteta, who is excited about welcoming back the midfielder when Arsenal face Crystal Palace on Thursday.

Arsenal signed Partey from Atl├ętico Madrid for £45m in October but he has made only six appearances because of thigh injuries. His only outing in the past two months came in the defeat at Tottenham in December, when he was withdrawn midway through, but he is fit to return and Arteta hopes this week marks a new beginning to the Ghanaian’s career at the club.

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