Mikel Arteta gives update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after being in hospital with malaria

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) speaks with Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) as he comes on as a late substitute during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on February 28, 2021.
Arteta gave an update on Aubameyang (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta confirmed that Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been released from hospital after contracting malaria and is ‘feeling good’.

The Arsenal striker announced he had contracted malaria while on international duty with Gabon last month, with the disease forcing him out of the Gunners’ 4-0 Europa League win against Slavia Prague.

Before the match, Aubameyang posted a picture of him in hospital on social media, explaining why he was not part of the squad in Prague.

After the match, Arsenal manager Arteta addressed the situation and delivered a positive update on his progress.

‘We just spoke with him,’ said Arteta. ‘He’s at home, he’s fine.

‘He’s completely fine at the moment. He had two days in hospital to get the right treatment but he’s feeling good now.’

Asked how long he expects to be without the forward, Arteta added: ‘We’ll see how he recovers.

‘I think he will need a few days to recover from that. But he wants to be back as soon as possible, that’s what he said to me.

‘He feels really good, that’s what he said to me today. He really wants to be back. If the treatment is efficient it shouldn’t be taking so long.’

Aubameyang had featured in matches since the international break against Liverpool and last week’s first leg Europa League tie, before being forced out of the Premier League meeting with Sheffield United but Arteta revealed the diagnosis came after he had featured in matches.

‘When he wasn’t involved against Sheffield the truth is before he wasn’t feeling good but nobody could expect that was the case,’ he added.

‘The doctors did some more tests, some more analytics and that’s when it came on. That’s when the doctors realised very quickly what had to be done and they did a great job. He’s safe and he’s feeling good.’

Aubameyand had earlier posted on Instagram: ‘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.

Arsenal substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Arsenal FC and Slavia Praha at Emirates Stadium on April 08, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 08: (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

‘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 [of] weeks but will be back stronger than ever soon! 🙏🏾

‘Will be watching my boys now, huge game for us! Let‘s go and get it.’

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