Exclusive: Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey to be fit for Liverpool clash despite missing Ghana games

Gunners midfielder Thomas Partey is likely to be fit to feature for Arsenal in this weekend’s clash with Liverpool.

<p>Thomas Partey of Arsenal is challenged by Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)</p>

Thomas Partey of Arsenal is challenged by Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Midfielder Thomas Partey is expected to be available when Arsenal travel to Anfield to play Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend.

Partey picked up a thigh strain and missed the Gunners’ 1-0 win against Watford, before watching on from the physio room as his international side Ghana drew with Ethiopia.

The 28-year-old didn’t feature in the Black Stars’ victory against South Africa, to progress to the final qualification for the 2022 World Cup to be staged in Qatar.

Mikel Arteta has options in Mohamed Elneny, who scored for Egypt, and Albert Sambi Lokonga, who Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany has described as Arsenal’s own Yaya Toure.

But the medical team are confident that first-choice Partey will be ready for the weekend’s game.

With five Premier League managers already losing their jobs this season, Arsenal seem to be reaping the reward for their continued faith in Mikel Areta despite an underwhelming start to the season.

England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale celebrates after the final whistle of his debut against San Marino: Nick Potts/PA Wire

There is also a feel good factor at the club with the trio of Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe all enjoying success with England, helping Gareth Southgate’s qualify for the World Cup.

Aaron Ramsdale has particularly been a success story, with the former England U21 goalkeeper deservedly making his debut for the Three Lions having been in fine form for for Arsenal since joining in the summer.

Both Saka  and Smith Rowe scored as England beat minor San Marino 10-0 to seal qualification to the global football festival next year.

Liverpool also have injury concerns of their own with Sadio Mane sent back home from international duty after picking up a knock.

GOLDEN BOOT RACE: Mohammed Salah is level on Harry Kane at the top of the goal-scoring charts. Picture: Getty Images.

Roberto Firmino missed the West Ham defeat and is a huge doubt for this weekend’s game, while captain Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson have also returned to Kirkby with physical concerns.

Liverpool will lose lethal forward Mohamed Salah, the hardworking Sadio Mane and mercurial Naby Keita for large parts of January due to the Africa Cup of Nations, and will be desperate to build a healthy bank of points to give them a good chance of keeping up with Chelsea and Manchester City.