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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners ‘make approach for Onana’, Brentford set Ivan Toney price, Dusan Vlahovic latest

Arteta gives update

Asked about when fans can expect to see Partey back in action, Mikel Arteta suggested it could be before the end of January.

He said: “Hopefully it’s weeks. That will be determined by how the next step in terms of bringing him back into training goes.

“It was about common sense [not to go to Afcon]. He had a long-term injury.

“He really wanted to be with his national team but he’s still far from training for the team and it didn’t make sense for him to be involved.”

Partey cancelled

Thomas Partey is NOT going to Afcon with Ghana.

That is because the injury-plagued midfielder is not ready for match action yet.

Partey last played in October and was sidelined with a thigh problem.

Now back training, Ghana boss Chris Hughton confirmed the tournament came too early for the ex-Atletico man.

Ivan be your hero

SunSport analysts have helped unpack why Ivan Toney would be a superb signing for Arsenal.

The England striker is ready to return from his eight-month ban – with Mikel Arteta considering trying to ensure that that comeback is for Arsenal rather than Brentford.

And the three key areas Toney can improve on the current striker options of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah are:

  • Aerial power
  • Creativity
  • Presence in the opposition area

Read the full analysis here

Rowe a no go

Arsenal are ready to let three forgotten men leave in January – but NOT Emile Smith Rowe.

Reports state the Gunners will listen to offers for Mohamed Elneny, Cedric Soares and Nuno Tavares.

But Mikel Arteta is determined to keep hold of academy graduate Smith Rowe, despite his injury woes.

Team news for clash

Mikel Arteta is set to lose Takehiro Tomiyasu once again despite the defender just returning from a calf injury.

Tomiyasu will be joining up with Japan for the Asian Cup, while Mohamed Elneney is also on international duty but with Egypt for Afcon.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), Thomas Partey (groin), Jurrien Timber (knee) and Fabio Vieira (groin) are all likely to be unavailable too.

Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp has received two huge blows as Mo Salah will be joining Elneny with Egypt and Wataru Endo is participating in the Asian Cup along with Tomiyasu.

Dominik Szoboszlai is also a major doubt having left the field early against Newcastle holding his hamstring.

While Thiago (hip), Stefan Bajecetic (abductor), Andy Robertson (shoulder), Kostas Tsmikias (shoulder) and Joel Matip (knee) will also miss the trip to the Emirates.

Reds head to Emirates

That game at the Emirates kicks off at 4.30pm – with the blockbuster clash unsurprisingly selected for TV coverage by the BBC.

Arsenal head into the clash on a horror run of back-to-back defeats against West Ham and Fulham after their 1-1 draw at Anfield.

However, they are the record 14-time winners of the FA Cup – while Liverpool have eight titles including in 2022.

And victory could be a good omen for the Gunners – as the last time these two sides faced off in the oldest cup competition was in 2014, when the North Londoners went on to end their long wait for a trophy.

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