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Arsenal Boss Arteta hopes Aubameyang returns for Man Utd clash

On Saturday, the Gunners host the Red Devils, but might well have to face the squad of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer without their captain.

The club is doing everything in its capacity to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available to face Manchester United, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said.

Aubameyang was absent from the last two matchday squads of the Gunners and reported on Wednesday that his mom was in ill health, thanking fans and teammates for their support.

Speaking on Thursday to the press, Arteta said: “I spoke with him yesterday. Things are looking better at the moment, but we are going to have to wait and see. He is our captain and one of the most important players. 

“We are doing everything we can to have him [back] as a quick as possible – but understanding that he has been through difficult days, that he had to support his family and we were here to support him as well with the time that he needed to get that support.”

It is unclear as to whether Aubameyang had travelled abroad to visit his mother, with cross-country travel potentially throwing up more coronavirus-related guidelines that must be adhered to before the striker can be cleared to play.

Pressed on the subject of potentially having his captain self-quarantine, Arteta said: “I don’t know if that will happen. He had to support his family and he had to be with them.”

“Let’s see how they do today,” the Gunners boss added.

“They have some discomfort in different parts, Thomas and Emile. We will have to see how they evolve. We still have some days until the game, but not long, so let’s see how they recover.

“We had a day off yesterday. We will be training today and we’ll see how everybody is. I think Dani Ceballos will be training with the squad in the next new days – probably Pablo Mari as well.

“Obviously Martin Odegaard will be joining us as well. As for the rest, we have to see how Kieran [Tierney] is.”

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