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Arsenal dealt injury boost ahead of Benfica clash but Rob Holding still sidelined


Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has returned to full training in a huge boost for Mikel Arteta ahead of this Thursday's Europa League clash with Benfica.

Partey has missed the Gunners' last three games across all competitions after suffering a hamstring injury. The central midfielder, who was signed last summer after Arsenal met his £45million release clause, has looked impressive since joining.

But injuries have prevented him from getting a long run of games under his belt. He was notably absent from Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Benfica last week, though he is now set to return to the fold in time for the return leg.

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