Mikel Arteta provides update on £250,000-a-week striker

The Spanish manager confirmed that the London giants striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been released from hospital after contracting malaria and is ‘feeling good’. Gabon international announced he had contracted malaria while on international duty last month, with the disease forcing him out of Arsenal’s 4-0 UEL victory over Slavia Prague.

Before the game, Pierre-Emerick posted a picture of him in hospital on social media, explaining why he was not part of the squad in Prague. After the match, the Spanish tactician addressed the situation and delivered a positive update on his progress.

‘We just spoke with him,’ said Mikel Arteta. ‘He’s at home, he’s fine. ‘He’s completely fine at the moment. He had two days in the hospital to get the right treatment but he’s feeling good now.’ Asked how long he expects to be without Aubameyang, the Spanish manager added: ‘We’ll 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. ‘He feels really good, that’s what he said to me today. He really wants to be back. If the treatment is efficient it shouldn’t be taking so long.’

The Gabonese centre-forward had featured in matches since the international break against Liverpool and last week’s first leg Europa League tie, before being forced out of the PL meeting with Sheffield United but Mikel Arteta revealed the diagnosis came after he had featured in matches.

‘When he wasn’t involved against Sheffield the truth is before he wasn’t feeling good but nobody could expect that was the case,’ he added.