Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being treated in hospital after contracting malaria while on international duty with Gabon. The 31-year-old netted a goal in Gabon’s 3-0 win over DR Congo in Africa Cup of Nations qualification on 25 March. He featured in Arsenal’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Slavia Prague on 8 April but missed Sunday’s win over Sheffield United. He confirmed of his illness on social media.
While the Premier League club had said that Aubameyang was missing due to an illness, they never shared specific details about the same. The Gabon International later wrote an elaborate message in an Instagram post.
Feeling much better every day- Aubameyang
“Hey guys, thanks for all the messages and calls,” he wrote.
“Unfortunately I contracted malaria whilst being on national team duty in Gabon a few weeks ago. 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,” he added.
“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 @arsenal,” he further said.
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Struggling for form this season
Although the star forward signed a new three-year contract with the Gunners last season, he hasn’t been able to find form this year. He has just scored nine goals in as many as 25 Premier League appearances in the ongoing season in contrast to 22 goals in the previous term. Meanwhile, it remains unclear as to how long he will remain sidelined.