Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a doubt for Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Saturday, admits Mikel Arteta after the captain missed the Southampton win to care for his ailing mother.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed Southampton’s victory because his mother is sick
- The Arsenal captain may not be back in time for Manchester United on Saturday
- Mikel Arteta did not say whether return is made more difficult by the limitations of Covid-19
Arsenal could be without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Saturday for the visit of Manchester United.
Aubameyang missed the FA Cup defeat at St Mary’s and the 3-1 Premier League victory there in midweek, revealing on social media that his absence was due to caring for his ailing mother.
But Mikel Arteta declined to say whether the 31-year-old had been abroad and whether his return would be complicated due to Covid-19’s limitations.
Mikel Arteta admitted that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is doubtful for Manchester United’s game
Aubameyang missed Southampton’s victory and Arteta would not confirm whether he had gone abroad
“I don’t know,” he said when asked if Aubameyang would return.
‘I spoke to him yesterday. It looks better at the moment, but we’ll have to wait and see. ‘
Asked if Aubameyang had left the country, Arteta replied, “He had to support his family and he had to be with them.”
Arteta raised the question of possible quarantine for his captain if he were to travel, saying, “I don’t know what will happen.”
Obviously, Aubameyang needs a negative Covid test before a return is possible and only then if he feels in a suitable condition to play.
The Arsenal star shared this message on social media to explain the situation with his mother
Aubameyang had traveled with the squad for the FA Cup game on Saturday before leaving hours before kick-off.
“Hey guys, thank you very much for all the messages and phone calls over the past few days,” he wrote on Instagram.
‘My mother has a number of health problems and I had to be there for her. She’s much better now and I’ll be home tonight.
“I am more than grateful to the doctors and nurses who helped her through this.
And of course thanks to my Arsenal fam for the love yesterday! I am more determined than ever to keep our momentum going!
Alexandre Lacazette held up the number 14 on Tuesday as a tribute to his absent teammate
Thank you again – I am truly blessed with this level of support and love from all of you and can’t wait to be back. – PEA. ‘
Arteta, who had dedicated the Southampton victory to the Gabon forward, said the club would continue to support Aubameyang as his availability for the weekend remains a mystery.
Aubameyang isn’t the only key member of Arteta’s squad who could be forced to watch United’s game from the sidelines.
Thomas Partey was the man of the game when Arsenal won at Old Trafford earlier this season, but he limped the win on Tuesday night – as did young Emile Smith Rowe – while Kieran Tierney did not travel to the south coast.
Thomas Partey is also in doubt after running out of victory over Southampton mid-week
“Let’s see how they get through training,” Arteta replied when asked about Partey and Smith Rowe’s fitness.
‘They had some discomfort in different parts. We will have to wait and see how they evolve. We still have a few days until the game, but not long, so let’s see how they are. ‘
In any case, Tierney is expected to show his failure during the week to risk no further setback as he prepares for the United clash.
Martin Odegaard was loaned out by Real Madrid on Wednesday and will train with his new teammates for the first time just two days before the game, although his lack of match fitness is believed to mean he is highly unlikely to start.