Arsenal team news ahead of Benfica: Thomas Partey close to return, Rob Holding out

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Arsenal team news ahead of Benfica: Thomas Partey close to return, Rob Holding out

Updates on several Arsenal players have been provided on Wednesday ahead of their meeting with Benfica.

Arsenal vs Benfica

Arsenal will get their European campaign back underway on Thursday evening.

The Gunners would face off with Portuguese outfit Benfica in the first of two last-32 legs last week.

Arsenal would dominate much of the clash against a fairly out-of-form Benfica.

However, Mikel Arteta’s side were unable to come away with the win. Pizza would fire As Aguias into the lead inside 55 minutes.

The Gunners then hit back almost instantly through star man, Bukayo Saka, but were unable to add a second.

Arsenal injury news

As a result, it is still very much all to play for on Thursday evening when Arsenal play out their ‘home’ leg in just over 24 hours’ time.

Ahead of said meeting, Mikel Arteta held his latest press conference on Wednesday.

The Spaniard would provide an update on a key player in said presser.

Mikel Arteta would speak about Thomas Partey, who has missed the north Londoner’s last three outings.

When speaking about the midfielder on Wednesday, though, Arteta confirmed he is very close and if he’s feeling good, he will be available:

“Thomas is very close. He’s got a final test today. If he’s feeling good he will be available to play the match.”

Arsenal will, however, be without Rob Holding for Thursday’s game:

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 25 35 59
2 Manchester United FC 25 21 49
3 Leicester City FC 25 17 49
4 West Ham United FC 25 10 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Aston Villa FC 23 11 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 10 36
10 Arsenal FC 25 5 34
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 25 -6 33
12 Leeds United 24 -3 32
13 Crystal Palace FC 25 -14 32
14 Southampton FC 24 -9 30
15 Burnley FC 25 -12 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 25 -6 26
17 Newcastle United FC 25 -17 25
18 Fulham FC 25 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion 25 -36 14
20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7

Source: 101greatgoals.com