Arsenal captain Aubameyang reveals that he has malaria

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang revealed that he was in hospital due to contracting malaria while on international duty with Gabon in March.

The Arsenal captain missed his 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the league on Sunday, and missed the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final against Slavia Prague on Thursday night. The club attributed his absence to “illness” without specifying details.

Just moments before his team-mates set off in the Czech capital, the Gabonese international posted the news of his illness on Instagram.

He wrote, “Hey guys, thanks for all the messages and calls.”

“Unfortunately, I contracted malaria while on the national team in Gabon a few weeks ago. I spent a few days in the hospital this week, but I am really feeling much better every day, thanks to the great doctors who discovered and treated the virus quickly.

“I haven’t really felt myself for the past two weeks, but I will be back stronger than ever soon! My boys will be watching now, huge game for us! Let’s go get it arsenal.”

Aubameyang started the first leg against Slavia on the bench but was involved in the preparation of Nicolas Pepe as the match ended 1-1.

It remains to be seen how long the 31-year-old will be sidelined.

Comparisons of Aubameyang with Ozil are excluded

While the reasons for Aubameyang’s absence are now apparent, there have been concerns about what he looked like when he was available.

He hasn’t performed well since signing a new contract galore in the summer. This led to fears that Mesut Ozil could become another.

But Mikel Arteta recently denied those comparisons.

He said, “I am always optimistic about the future. But once I think about the things that happened in the past or compare different situations and personalities, I will not do that.”

Asked if Aubameyang was committed to the Arsenal cause, the Spaniard added: “Absolutely.”

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