Arsenal early team news ahead of Crystal Palace tie
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Arsenal early team news ahead of Crystal Palace tie

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta faced the media via zoom on Thursday evening as he provided the latest team news ahead of Monday Night football against Crystal Palace. 

Arteta revealed Granit Xhaka is progressing well will his recovery and expects the rest of the players to be available for selection. Xhaka picked up an injury during Arsenal's 3-1 victory over Tottenham and is set to be on the sidelines for at least three months. 

"At the moment everyone seems to be okay. Granit is progressing really well but obviously, we know it is a long-term injury unfortunately and he’s not going to be available," he said. 

On Xhaka's return 

"With Granit, I don't know, but I'm sure that if you tell him three [months], he will be thinking two [months]. He will be trying to do extra work to try to minimize that time, that's for sure. We have to do it in the right way because it's a significant injury and we want to have him back properly when he can."

The Spaniard also provided a fitness update on Thomas Partey as the midfielder has been with his national team Ghana during the international break. 

"Well, let's see. We haven't had the players here yet," he said. 

"Some of them because they're still travelling and they've not been assessed by the medical staff, but hopefully. He finished both games really well. He played well and scored a couple of goals like many other players did in this international break, and hopefully, everybody is in the right condition on Monday to help us win the game."

The Gunners will host Crystal Palace on Monday evening at the Emirates Stadium. 

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