Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently down with malaria in hospital which explains his absence from the match against Slavia Prague in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Gabonesse international made this known on his Instagram page, he wrote;
“Hey guys, thanks for all the messages and calls. Unfortunately I contracted Malaria whilst being on national team duty in Gabon a few weeks ago. I’ve spent a few days in hospital this week but I’m already feeling much better every day, thanks to the great doctors that detected and treated the virus so quickly. I wasn’t really feeling myself the last couple weeks but will be back stronger than ever soon! 🙏🏾 Will be watching my boys now, huge game for us!Let‘s go and get it @arsenal”
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Aubameyang contracted malaria while on international duty with Gabon last month and spent time in hospital this week, he said on Thursday.
The Gabonese attacker missed the Gunners’ 3-0 Premier League win over Sheffield United at the weekend, with the club subsequently confirming that the striker had been struggling with illness.
Prior to Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals, Aubameyang revealed that he has been receiving treatment for malaria and hoped to be back on the pitch again soon.
Arsenal thrashed Slavia Prague 4-0 (5-1 on aggregate) on Thursday night to progress into the semi-finals of the Europa League. However, eyebrows were raised when the team was announced without captain Aubameyang.
Aubameyang has now missed a total of seven games for Arsenal this campaign due to a combination of illness and injury. He has also not been quite as prolific as in previous seasons as Arteta’s men have struggled for consistency
In 33 outings across all competitions, Aubameyang has netted 14 goals, with his last strike coming in a 1-1 draw with Burnley on March 6.