Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reassured fans that his heart is “OK” following his COVID procedure.
Following his coronavirus illness, the 32-year-old did not play a single minute for Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations, as the country’s Football Federation revealed “heart lesions.”
Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal earlier than expected to conduct medical tests, but the former Borussia Dortmund striker has already confirmed that he is fit and healthy.
“Hi guys, I came back to London to do some additional checks, and I’m very happy to say that my heart is absolutely fine and I’m completely healthy!!,” Aubameyang wrote on Instagram.
“Really appreciate all the messages over the last few days and I’m already back at it.”
According to a separate source, Aubameyang and Mario Lemina were both sent home early from the camp due to behavioural issues, which both players confirms to be false.
Since being deprived of his captaincy last month, Aubameyang has not played for Mikel Arteta’s side, and Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr has reportedly made an approach to recruit the striker on loan.
The Saudi club wants to loan Aubameyang and “would be obligated to sign him permanently” for roughly £6.6 million. Arsenal is “yet to respond to the bid,” according to the article.
Gabon then decided to send Aubameyang back to Arsenal so that he might undergo more examinations.
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Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, who was asked earlier about the striker’s future at the club. Aubameyang hasn’t played for Arsenal since December 6, and his captaincy was revoked after a disciplinary incident.
“He is in London, and he is currently undergoing examinations,” he said, “because we haven’t received any clarification from the Gabonese national team on the grounds for his return.”
“It is our responsibility to ensure that the player is safe and in excellent health.”
“He’s never had an issue with anything we’ve done with him in the past, so hopefully that will continue.”
When asked if Aubameyang will return to Arsenal, the Spaniard remained tight-lipped.
“He signed a contract with Covid, and the national team opted to invite him back,” he explained. “We’ll see what happens when we make sure the player’s health is in the finest possible shape.”