Gabonese international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has expressed gratitude to all the medics who took care of him during the period in which he was suffering malaria.
In an interview with Arsenal’s website, Aubameyang noted that he felt good throughout the entire game and he was happy with that considering the fact that it was the first time in a long while since he played that long for Arsenal.
In the wake of his return, the 31-year-old striker scored the Gunners’ second goal in a 2-0 Premier League win at Newcastle on Sunday.
“At the end for the last five minutes, I was dying a little bit. But to tell the truth, I felt good the whole game, so I was really happy with that,” Aubameyang said when asked how he felt after getting 77 minutes against Newcastle.
“I have to say that the doctors did incredible work with me, bringing me to the hospital and stuff like that. I’m really thankful for them.
“I have to say, when you are out for a few weeks you realise how good it is to be back on the pitch. I was really happy to be back first and scoring a goal.”
In light of this, Aubameyang could now be in line to play a significant part in Arsenal’s second-leg clash with Villareal. During the first-leg, the former Dortmund forward returned to action as a late substitute in a 2-1 first-leg defeat by Villarreal.
He said: “It was really important to take some confidence and win this game. We know that we will need everyone to be ready on Thursday.
“We saw that today, everyone was ready and hopefully we can go through.”