As his club plays at Slavia Prague tonight, one of Arsenal’s biggest stars confirmed he just contracted malaria and is recovering.
We all wondered where this Arsenal star was when Mikel Arteta’s call-up list came out earlier in the week. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was absent from the trip to Prague ahead of a crucial Europa League quarterfinal match. The Gunners didn’t have a great result in the first-leg played at Emirates Stadium and they needed him. But the Gabon striker contracted a serious disease that forced him to check into a hospital this week in order to get treated.
The player himself confirmed that during his trip to his home country, Auba contracted malaria. As we all know, diseases like this are extremely common in many African countries and the Gunners’ striker was unfortunate to get this disease. Fortunately for him, he is already on the mend and recovering in London.
Will Aubameyang’s absence affect Arsenal?
Judging on how well they started their second Europa League quarterfinal match, it’s safe to say that the Gunners won’t miss Aubameyang. Although he is still one of the best strikers in the world, his teammates are responding well to the challenge. There were rumors about his health in recent days but we still had no confirmation from Auba himself. Mikel Arteta gave us a recent update a few days ago.
However, we finally got the news from the striker through his official Instagram page: “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! I will be watching my boys now, huge game for us! Let‘s go and get it Arsenal.”