Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available for Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final clash against Villarreal

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available for Arsenal (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to give his side a huge boost ahead of their Europa League semi-final clash against Villarreal by declaring himself available to face the Spaniards.

The Gabon international has been sidelined in recent weeks since returning from international duty with malaria and the 31-year-old is still not feeling 100%.

But Aubameyang recognises the importance of the tie against Unai Emery’s side and he’s desperate to feature, even if that means starting on the bench against the La Liga side.

Aubameyang actually featured against Liverpool and Slavia Prague while he had malaria, so Arteta could be tempted into starting the forward as he’s feeling much improved since then.

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Aubameyang has missed the last four matches (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The former Dortmund star has returned to training in recent days and it is a timely boost for Arteta, who needs his side to get back to winning ways after a 1-0 defeat to Everton last Friday.

David Luiz has also returned to training after five weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury, meaning the Brazilian is available for selection.

Arsenal’s game has been somewhat overshadowed by talk about a potential takeover of the club.

Spotify owner Daniel Ek is keen to buy the club and has recruited the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira in a team to help him.

However, owner Stan Kroenke issued a statement last night to say the club is not for sale.

I’n recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club. We remain 100 per cent committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club,’ a statement read.

‘We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.

‘Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game and our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this.’

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