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Mikel Arteta clears up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘illness’ as Arsenal beat Newcastle
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a ‘stomach issue’ during the win over Newcastle on Monday, although the smile on his face suggests it is nothing to worry about.
The Gunners continued their positive run of results in the Premier League, thrashing the Magpies 3-0 at the Emirates to move into the top half of the table.
A brace from Aubameyang and a strike from Bukayo Saka gave Arteta’s side the easy win, but there appeared to be a slight worry over the Arsenal captain.
Aubameyang was subbed off with 10 minutes to go, replaced by Willian, and he headed straight down the tunnel, not sitting to watch his team see out the victory.
Arteta was asked about the situation after the contest and it was suggested that Aubameyang was struggling with illness.
‘Yeah, he had to go in and we decided to change him,’ said the manager.
Asked about the same situation in the post-match press conference, Arteta confirmed it was a ‘stomach issue’ for his striker.
Both times the Spaniard had a smile on his face, almost laughing, which suggests Aubameyang was not exactly ill and just needed to get back to the dressing room as quickly as possible.
Certainly the Gabon international will be available for the FA Cup clash on Saturday against either Southampton or Shrewsbury, before the Gunners then go to Southampton in the Premier League on Tuesday 26 January.
Arteta was delighted to see his captain score just his fourth and fifth Premier League goals of the season as he rediscovers his best form.
‘He tried, even in the first half he had two or three big chances,’ said Arteta.
‘He scores two today and I think it will be really good for his confidence, obviously it’s great for the team to help them win the match.
‘Overall really pleased.’
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