Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a press conference.

Mikel Arteta on Thomas Partey’s return, Gabriel Jesus’ injury issues, Tomiyasu and Timber

Mikel Arteta has been speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday night.

The Gunners boss answered questions on several topics, including the latest Arsenal team news and the imminent return of Thomas Partey.

Here is a selection of what he had to say.

On Thomas Partey’s fitness?

Yeah, Thomas had a session before the last game and now he’s done two or three consecutive sessions. He should be part of the squad on Monday.

On Zinchenko or Tomiyasu and whether they could be part of the squad?

Those ones it’s possible but we’ll have to wait and see. Especially in the last two sessions on Saturday and Sunday. If that’s the case they might be available on Monday

Is Gabriel Jesus fit to start?

He’s fit enough. How long he will last that’s something different. We didn’t want to take any risks after the result we had against Newcastle. We need him fit, he’s a massive player for us and now we want to make sure we load him in the right way.

On Jesus and whether the knee operation he had in the summer didn’t work?

No, it did happen and that was resolved. What happened is he got a knock in another area that caused a different kind of injury, so it wasn’t related to the first one. And then he had a little niggle, it was a muscle issue that kept him for 10 days out.

On whether there is a fear Jesus will have to have another knee operation this summer?

No. I think that’s resolved, the first one. It’s a question more specifically for the doctors, but as far as I’m concerned that’s all been resolved.

On whether Jurrien Timber will be involved against Sheffield United
No, sorry. Jurrien is still not close enough to be part of the squad on Monday.

On whether Tomiyasu had a setback between the Asian Cup and now?

Yeah he had an injury. In the last game with Japan he felt something. He was out. We expected it to be a little bit shorter, but in the beginning he was struggling a bit in the recovery so we decided to extend the period of recovery because he’s a player that we really need. We are very short and we cannot risk having him out for months.

On whether Tomiyasu’s injury was a recurrence of the same injury in December?

I think it was something slightly different to that.