Arsenal given boost as Thomas Partey and Ben White return to training after injury and Covid fights following poor start

ARSENAL could be boosted by the returns of Thomas Partey and Ben White this weekend.

The pair are back in training this week, after missing games at the start of this season.


Partey, 28, is yet to feature this term – having injured his ankle against Chelsea during pre-season.

Summer £50million signing White, meanwhile, started in the 2-0 opening day defeat to Brentford, before testing positive for coronavirus.

Thankfully the 23-year-old was asymptomatic, and could be fit and raring to go at the weekend.

Sitting bottom of the table with zero points from three games, the Gunners are desperate for a win on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta's side host one of the Premier League's other winless sides Norwich City at Emirates Stadium.

While the Spaniard could be boosted by returns for White and Partey, he is set to have a fresh selection headache in midfield.

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Granit Xhaka will miss the Norwich clash through suspension, after his reckless red card against Manchester City.

The Swiss, as it turns out, would have missed the game regardless – having since tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty.

Mohamed Elneny, whose transfer return to Besiktas has broken down over his wage demands, is also likely to miss out through injury – making Partey's return even more essential.

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