The £45million summer signing from Atletico Madrid has made a positive impression since his deadline day arrival, but the thigh injury he suffered during last month’s defeat against Aston Villa has curtailed his progress.
Partey has missed the last three matches in all competitions but is closing in on a potential return ahead of Sunday’s showdown against Jose Mourinho’s Premier League pacesetters.
Arsenal’s most impressive result of the season so far came at Manchester United, where a dominant display from Partey helped Arsenal secure their first victory in the league at Old Trafford since 2006.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League home clash against Rapid Vienna, Arteta revealed the 28-year-old is desperate to return as soon as possible but he is unwilling to take any undue risks with his star midfielder.
He said: ‘He’s been training separately in the last week or so and we have to scan him again to see how he’s feeling. He’s a player that is so willing, that is pushing us every day and he wants to do it.
‘At the same time, we have to protect him and make sure that when he gets back in the team, he is ready to do that and to whatever extent of minutes we can use him, so it’s going to be crucial with the moment he starts to train with the team to see how he is feeling and how he is evolving day-to-day.
‘I know if it’s up to Thomas then he wants to play tomorrow. We have to see medically that he is safe to participate at all.’