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Thomas Partey will miss the ‘next few games’ for Arsenal but Mikel Arteta insists they didn’t rush him back.

The Ghanaian limped off during the Gunners’ North London derby defeat to Tottenham.

But speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League game at Dundalk, Arteta said: “He got injured in the same area, but not in exactly the same spot as before.

“He had an MRI yesterday, there is an injury there, he will miss the next few matches.”

Asked if it was an unnecessary risk to rush him back, Arteta said: “No, he did incredibly well, he was confident. We tested him three times and he had no symptoms. But in football you have a lot of unpredictable actions.

“He went into the floor, his knee got stuck, after he needs to stretch and get up up. Immediately he put a lot of stress in a similar area and he felt it again.”

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