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Mikel Arteta handed Thomas Partey boost with Arsenal's £45m summer signing in line to start against Crystal Palace after returning from injury Thomas Partey is set to start his first match since last month on Thursday The midfielder's return is a welcome boost to Arsenal ahead of crucial games  Arteta said his side have missed the 'big, big quality' of summer signing Partey

By Kieran Gill for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:59 GMT, 13 January 2021 | Updated: 23:01 GMT, 13 January 2021

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Thomas Partey is set to return for Arsenal on Thursday night ahead of a crucial run of games which could propel Mikel Arteta's side back into a race for the Premier League's top four.

But the Gunners are set to lose highly-rated striker Folarin Balogun, who is in talks with a number of overseas clubs over signing a pre-contract - with RB Leipzig among the interested parties.

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Partey could start against Crystal Palace after manager Mikel Arteta hailed the midfielder, who signed in October for £45million, as someone who brings the best out of his team-mates.

Thomas Partey is back fit again and could start for Arsenal against Crystal Palace on Thursday

Thomas Partey is back fit again and could start for Arsenal against Crystal Palace on Thursday

The 27-year-old is back in full training following a cursed start to his Arsenal career which has seen him make only six appearances, with his last against

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