Mikel Arteta is one step closer to Arsenal's dream international break after Thomas Partey boost

By Tashan Deniran-Alleyne

No fresh injury worries would have been the dream scenario for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta from the October international break.

And he's one more round of fixtures away from having those prayers answered ahead of his side's return to Premier League action against London rivals Crystal Palace next Monday.

The one fear most - if not all - managers will have for any international break is getting their players back in the same state they left in.

Arteta would have been no different and his biggest concerns were likely to be around Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey given that the Arsenal pair have less than impressive injury records since arriving in north London.

Now, the good news is that the latter followed up his goal for Ghana against Zimbabwe at the weekend followed with another strike in the reverse meeting on Tuesday afternoon and his fitness worries seem to be behind him after playing 90 minutes in both games.

Furthermore, Takehiro Tomiyasu played 90 minutes - as a centre-back - in Japan's World Cup qualification victory over Australia earlier today and should report back to London Colney unscathed.

The £18million summer signing and Partey are among many examples of Arteta avoiding a nightmare scenario when it comes to his players jetting off on international duty.

Those considered to be part of his best Arsenal starting XI like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard have completed their international commitments so will have begun the process of returning to London - if they've not already touched down safely.

Emile Smith Rowe scored the only goal of the game in England Under-21s' win over Andorra (Getty Images)

As have Bernd Leno, Karl Hein, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny and Folarin Balogun.

In another boost for Arteta, Pepe was rested for Ivory Coast's first meeting with Malawi, Balogun played less than 25 minutes combined of England Under-21s' double-header and Leno didn't feature at all for Germany.

For Arteta's dream international break to be confirmed, all he needs from Tuesday's games is for his five remaining Arsenal first-team players still on duty to be managed sensibly.

Tierney is expected to feature for Scotland in their World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Island, whilst his two understudies at left-back in Nuno Tavares and Sead Kolasinac have games for Portugal Under-21s and Bosnia & Herzegovina respectively.

Bukayo Saka will be looking to build on his goal against Andorra at the weekend when England welcome Hungary to Wembley Stadium, whilst Aaron Ramsdale may find himself on the bench again.

Having been handed a major boost with Partey getting another 90 minutes under his belt, Arteta will be hopeful that the good news continues to flow during the final round of international fixtures that affects Arsenal.

The Spaniard went into the two-week break with every single first-team player fit and available for selection, except for Granit Xhaka who was already ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.

So come Tuesday night, Arteta will discover if his near full-strength Arsenal squad is still intact.

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