Arsenal Identify Lens Midfielder As Back-Up To Thomas Partey

Arsenal have identified in-demand RC Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure as an alternative to Ghana international Thomas Partey.

Partey’s niggling injury problems has become a source of concern for manager Mikel Arteta, who is in the market for a back-up.

Arsenal will have to battle it out with Aston Villa and Atalanta for the signature of the Mali international.

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The 15 million Euros rated Cheick Doucoure has been a standout performer for Lens, playing 21 Ligue 1 games last season.

Thomas Partey is nursing an ankle injury he picked in the pre-season friendly against Chelsea last month.

The 28-year-old will miss the first three games of the season, including the matches against Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka is expected to stay despite interest from Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma.

Egyptian midfielder Mohammed El-Nenny remains an option although he has received a lot of backlash for his performances in the Arsenal jersey.