Arsenal receive major Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang boost ahead of Wolves clash

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed Arsenal's last three matches
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed Arsenal’s last three matches (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in contention to make his Arsenal return against Wolves this evening.

The Gunners influential skipper has missed the last three games in all competitions to keep in-line with Covid-19 protocols after he was forced to tend a private family matter.

Aubameyang last week confirmed that his mother had been taken ill, and although Arsenal refused to confirm whether or not their star striker had left the country to be with her, he missed the double-header against Southampton and last weekend’s stalemate against Manchester United.

The 31-year-old returned to fist team training on Monday, however, and could, according to The Times, force his way back into Mikel Arteta’s line-up for the trip to Molineux.

In his absence, Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang’s striker partner and close friend, has assumed greater responsibility and has hit a rich vein of form following a difficult start to the campaign.

‘It’s linked to confidence and that’s linked to him obviously playing more regular minutes,’ said Arteta when asked about Lacazette’s recent transformation. ‘He’s scoring more goals and he finds himself in better form. Then it’s about supporting our players when they go through difficult moments.

‘We have to be right behind them, we have to talk to them, we have to give them tools to resolve the issues they are going through. Laca has done that by working hard. It’s as simple as that.

‘He committed to work harder, to sticking to what his abilities and qualities are and the moment he transformed a little bit his confidence, he became a different player.

‘[We gave him] A lot of things related to the game. Things he needs to read better about his movement, sometimes about his body language…a lot of things that are important to visualise yourself, then [he needed to] try to correct them.’

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