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Team news: the latest on Partey, Laca, Tierney

Mikel Arteta has provided an update on three of our stars ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton. 

Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are currently sidelined through injury, while Alexandre Lacazette’s availability at St Mary’s remains a possibility.

Read the transcript below for the latest update from the boss: 

on Thomas Partey…
Yes, the news that we got after a lot of assessments is not great. It’s not looking very positive for his availability this season, but we’ll have to wait and see because he’s trying to get back as quickly as possible, but at the moment we are not very optimistic about it. 

on losing Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney at the same time…
Yes, in the moment it’s not ideal and we knew that towards the end of the season one of the key elements was going to be having the team available and squad available as much as possible, and we have quite a few issues with him and Tomiyasu as well, but we need to continue to compete and work in the best possible way. 

on Lacazette not appearing in training…
Obviously there are private reasons that I cannot comment on, but I have no other team news to give other than the guys we have discussed.

on whether Lacazette is fit and available for selection…
We will see if he’s available. It’s a good possibility that that’s the case. 

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