Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally rejoined his teammates to train ahead of Arsenal’s next Premier League fixture. The 31-year-old Gabonese striker has been out of the team’s set up since he scored two goals in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United on January 18.
Initially, the club’s coach, Mikel Arteta revealed that Aubameyang was missing in action because he had personal issues to settle. After Arteta’s statement concerning the striker’s absence from the team, speculations started making the rounds suggesting different reasons why the player was sidelined.
Hence, after missing out on Arsenal’s FA Cup fourth-round match against Southampton on January 23, and Arsenal’s league match against Southampton on January 26, the Gabon international issued a statement to reveal that he has been out of football because he was taking care of his sick mother.
In the statement, Aubameyang revealed that he was on his way back to London, the base of Arsenal, ahead of the club’s league match against Manchester United played on January 30.
Even though the 31-year-old striker got to London about two nights before the game, he was not allowed to train with his Arsenal teammates based on the coronavirus protocol preventing players from leaving their club’s bubble.
Hence, Arsenal had to play against Manchester United without their captain in the league match which ended 0-0. Afterward, coach Mikel Arteta revealed that the club was awaiting the government’s approval before Aubameyang would be allowed to rejoin the squad.
On Monday, February 1, Arsenal announced that Aubameyang has joined the squad to train ahead of the club’s league match against Wolves which will kick-off at 19:00 on Tuesday, February 2.
“Auba has returned to full training. Our thoughts and support continue to be with him and his family”,
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 5 goals and provided an assist in 17 league games so far this season. He has scored 8 goals and provided an assist in 20 games in all competitions.
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Other players who might be available for coach Mikel Arteta to select from against Wolves include, Dani Ceballos who just recovered from a calf injury, Pablo Mari who also suffered a calf injury, and Bukayo Saka who suffered a hip injury. They have all returned to training ahead of Arsenal away league match against Wolves on Tuesday.