Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang performs Twitter U-tern after ’emotional few days’

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been recovering after contracting malaria
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been recovering after contracting malaria (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reactivated his Twitter account less than 24 hours after quitting the social media platform.

The Arsenal captain is currently recovering from malaria having contracted the disease on international duty with Gabon last month and has missed his side’s three most recent games in all competitions.

In what appeared to be his final post on Twitter, Aubameyang appeared to take issue with the fact that the issues of racism in sport, and the global pandemic, had been forced off the agenda as a result of Sunday’s European Super League announcement.

Aubameyang’s full tweet read: ‘I ain’t missed you Twitter. So we not allowed to talk about anything?

‘Only football and Super League? No more talking about Covid?! Or online abuse or racism. Nice. Even Sick (without fone) I was feeling better than now with fone. Let me turn it off. See u.’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spent time in hospital after contracting malaria
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spent time in hospital after contracting malaria (Picture: Instagram)

Admitting his emotions had gotten the better of him, Aubameyang returned to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, telling his 1.7million followers: ‘Got a bit too emotional last night. Bottom line is – yesterday was a big day for football and our fans and an even bigger day for social justice.’

Aubameyang was referring not only to the collapse of the ESL, but the the conviction of a former police officer for the killing of George Floyd in America last year.

On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter following a three-week trial in Minneapolis.
Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes last May.

Formula One world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton also greeted the verdict with elation and hoped it would ‘mark a new dawn in the fight for racial justice’.

The British driver wrote on Instagram: ‘JUSTICE for George! The emotions I feel right now are hard to describe. Derek Chauvin has been found guilty. This is the first time that a white officer has been convicted for killing a black man in Minnesota. This is monumental, George’s death is not in vain.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also been active on social media recognising the verdict in the trial of former American police officer Derek Chauvin
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also been active on social media recognising the verdict in the trial of former American police officer Derek Chauvin (Picture: Instagram)

‘The result of the Derek Chauvin trial today is the right one. Convicting him of all three charges marks a new dawn in the fight for racial justice. This trial was an opportunity for the justice system to hold Derek Chauvin accountable for his actions when he took the life of George Floyd. We can now breathe a collective sigh of relief that the right decision has been met, and that justice has been served.

‘Today’s outcome is a sombre victory for George and his family, but it shows that our efforts to promote justice are not in vain. Black voices have been heard and action is happening. When we stand together, we can make a difference.

‘But this is just one step on the path towards a more equal society. Since George’s death, so many other black people have died at the hands of the police and we must ensure the momentum of today continues. The fight isn’t over, and there is more to be done, but we can consider today a glimmer of hope.

‘My thoughts and prayers are with George’s family. I hope they will feel a sense of peace from this result. Black Lives Matter.’

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