Mikel Arteta says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the mend having spent a couple of days in hospital after contracting malaria.
The Arsenal captain revealed the diagnosis on social media just minutes before his teammates took to the pitch for this evening’s 4-0 win against Slavia Prague.
After the match, Arteta confirmed that his captain had watched the action at the Gunners’ training ground along with his other injured players.
“We just spoke with him. He’s at home, he’s fine,” the boss told his post-game press conference.
“He had two days in hospital to get the right treatment, but he’s feeling good now. We will 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.”
Aubameyang says he caught the potentially fatal disease while on international duty with Gabon.
“Everybody has been in contact with him,” added Arteta. “He’s been really supportive with every team-mate through messages and calls.
“He was watching the game like everybody else at Colney. David [Luiz], Martin [Odegaard], Kieran [Tierney]. Everybody who has not been able to be involved.
“It is what it is, these things happen. He travelled to his country and he picked it up and you know that these risks always exist.”
Arsenal’s medical team initially reported that Aubameyang had contracted flu only to realise the full extent of the problem when further symptoms developed.
“When he wasn’t involved against Sheffield, two days before he wasn’t feeling good, but nobody could expect that was the case.
“They did some more tests and that’s when it came up and straight away the doctor realised very quickly what had to be done and they did a great job. He’s safe and he’s feeling good.”