Mikel Arteta pessimistic on midfield injuries and admits Arsenal may move on deadline day

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny has left Arsenal looking to make a Deadline Day move for midfield cover, confirming after Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa that the Egyptian is going to be out for ‘a while’.

Albert Sambi Lokonga filled in next to Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard as the third midfielder against Villa, but Arteta admitted that – with the Europa League starting imminently and a compressed schedule due to the World Cup – the Gunners are now in some need of reinforcements.

On Elneny, he said: “That’s not good news, he…

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