Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “feeling good” after returning home from two days in hospital with malaria, manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed.
The Gabon striker has been left out of the squad for Arsenal’s last two matches and revealed on social media on Thursday that he contracted the virus during the recent international break. Aubameyang posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed and wearing a surgical gown, but he has now been discharged and his health is improving. Speaking at a news conference after Arsenal’s 0-4 win over Slavia Prague on Thursday evening, which saw his side through to the Europa League semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate, Arteta said: “We just spoke with him. He’s at home, he’s fine. He had two days in hospital to get the right treatment, but he’s feeling good now. Everybody has been in contact with him. He’s been really supportive with every team-mate through messages and calls. He was watching the game like everybody else at Colney. David [Luiz], Martin [Ødegaard], Kieran [Tierney]. Everybody who has not been able to be involved. It is what it is, these things happen. He travelled to his country and he picked it up and you know that these risks always exist.” Aubameyang has sat out Arsenal’s wins over Sheffield United and Slavia, but he started the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on 3 April and was a second-half substitute in last week’s first-leg against the Czech champions. “When he wasn’t involved against Sheffield United, two days before he wasn’t feeling good, but nobody could expect that was the case,” Arteta added. “They did some more tests and that’s when it came up and straight away the doctor realised very quickly what had to be done and they did a great job. He’s safe and he’s feeling good.”