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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Arsenal striker recovering from malaria in hospital

Karl Matchett
·1-min read
<p>The Arsenal captain has missed the past couple of games through illness</p> (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang/Instagram)

The Arsenal captain has missed the past couple of games through illness

(Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang/Instagram)

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has explained his absence from the starting line-up recently with a social media post showing him in hospital, suffering from malaria.

The striker was left out of the starting line-up against Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-final first leg last week, which raised some eyebrows, before his name was entirely absent from the squad list at the weekend in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

Mikel Arteta explained Aubameyang’s absence there as being through illness, though he had suggested the 31-year-old might return for the second leg in Prague on Thursday.

However, Aubameyang took to Instagram with a message to supporters, explaining that he had been diagnosed with malaria after playing on international duty.

“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,” he wrote.

“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.”

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Aubameyang has struggled for individual form at times this season, with Arsenal as a team often lacking consistency.

He has managed only nine Premier League goals this term, 14 in all competitions.

The Gunners didn’t appear to miss his presence against Slavia with a 4-0 win securing progress to the semi-finals.

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