Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Arsenal fans on his fitness ahead of crucial week

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed the last three games after contracting malaria
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed the last three games after contracting malaria (Picture: Instagram)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is confident he is closing in on making his comeback after missing the last three games having contracted malaria while on international duty last month.

The Arsenal skipper returned to the training ground earlier this week and is set to step up his recovery next week, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal.

Writing in Arsenal’s matchday programme ahead of this evening’s game against Everton, he wrote: ‘On my fitness I’m making a good recovery and feeling stronger every day.

‘Tonight’s match might be too soon for me, but hopefully I’m back in training in the next few days and I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch, I’m so grateful for all the message people have sent me.

‘As I said before about my fitness, I’m feeling a lot better and I hope to be back in action really soon, because we still have a lot to play for this season and I’m desperate to be involved.’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed Arsenal's last three games and won't feature against Everton
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed Arsenal’s last three games and won’t feature against Everton (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, was cautiously optimistic that his skipper would be in contention for next week’s showdown with former Arsenal manager Unai Emery but admitted that the disease had taken its toll on the 31-year-old.

‘I have spoken to him many times,’ Arteta told Sky Sports News. ‘He was at the training ground yesterday for the first time.

‘He’s still being checked by the doctors, it’s taking him a while. It’s a difficult disease to go through. He had some tough moments and we just want to give him every single tool to make him available and fit as quick as possible, because we need him.

‘The way he was looking yesterday, he was in a much better place and hopefully once he has started to feel better with more and he regains a bit of the weight that he’s lost, he’s going to be able to train and at that moment with the desire that he has to be back, I’m pretty positive that that will be the case.’

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