- Aubameyang insisted he is fine in a first update since he was found to have cardiac lesions
- The 32-year old did not feature for Gabon in the AFCON and had to return to London for further tests
- He is yet to make an appearance for Arsenal in 2022
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he is “just fine” after he was forced to fly back to London without making an appearance for Gabon in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Aubameyang was sent back to Arsenal from international duty after being found to have cardiac lesions".
Despite flying to Cameroon early, the 32-year old ended up missing the win over Comoros as well as the draw against Ghana with the heart issue.
Amid concern from fans over his health, the striker has taken to Instagram to issue an update on how he is doing.
"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!! I really appreciate all the messages over the last few days and I'm already back at it,” he said on Instagram.
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Aubameyang has had a torrid time this season, having been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy over disciplinary issues and failing to feature for his club since the start of December.
After being released early to prepare for the AFCON with Gabon, Aubameyang tested positive for COVID-19, meaning he could not make his nation’s match against Comoros.
Arteta confirmed on Wednesday that the striker was undergoing further tests in London. He is also seeing a specialist.
Absent from Arsenal defeat
The Gabon international was a conspicuous absentee from Arsenal’s EFL Cup semi final against Liverpool.
The Gunners bowed out of the competition as Diogo Jota’s brace was enough to send Jurgen Klopp’s men to the final.
Gabon to face Burkina Faso in last 16
Meanwhile, Aubameyang will be glad his country proceeded to the knockout stages of the AFCON after an impressive run in the group stages.
After two draws and a win, Gabon emerged second in Group C behind Morocco, and will face Burkina Faso in the last 16.