Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Ghana midfielder, Thomas Partey is likely to miss the final five weeks of Premier League season due to injury.

Partey sustained a thigh injury during the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last week and was replaced by midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga in the second half at Selhurst Park.

The injury forced the 28-year-old to miss Arsenal’s subsequent game at home to Brighton & Hove Albion which they lost – dealing a blow to the club’s hopes of finishing fourth and qualifying for the Champions League.

“The news that we got after having another assessment was not great,” Arteta told reporters before Arsenal travel to Southampton on Saturday.

“It is not looking very positive [for] his availability this season, but we will have to wait and see.

“He is trying to get back as quickly as possible, but at the moment we are not very optimistic about it.”

He added, “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.

The Ghanaian midfielder has made 24 league appearances for Arsenal, scored two goals, and provided one assist so far this season.