35 meets for 15 goals. Such is the record of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this season with Arsenal. During his first two full seasons, the striker had scored nearly double (31 then 27). Is the Gunners’ rocket on the decline? Between the choices of Mikel Arteta, exile on the side or physical glitches, Aubam is not living the best period of his career.
Another unexpected element explains this drop in speed. At the end of March, the 31-year-old striker contracted malaria after a trip with his national team. In a press conference, he told his real ordeal. “I felt a little tired when I came back from Gabon, especially against Liverpool, but I thought it was only because of the trip” he started.
“Then I felt very, very bad. I think I had never been so sick in my life, it was very hard. For three days, I had a fever all day and all day. night, non-stop “. The Gabonese tries to take paracetamol but nothing helps. These days, the Covid could have explained its symptoms. It is not so.
“Finally, I went to the hospital. I was there for three days. I was really weak and I think I lost 4kg. It was a really bad time, and I think my family had afraid to see me like that “, he confided. “After that, I had a really good treatment. I’m lucky I treated it at the right time because if you don’t treat malaria quickly you can have big problems.”
A hell of a stroke of stress from which he is cured today. “But I still only feel 90% of my potential” he admitted. With a Lacazette highly uncertain, PEA could be of utmost importance to the Gunners. And he is well aware of it. “It will be one of the most important games of my career at Arsenal” London number 14 confessed.
After a defeat to Villarreal (2-1) in the first leg, Arsenal has the right to believe in a qualification. Because this away goal is worth gold on the one hand and because Arteta may be playing his head on this meeting. Distanced in the league, he only has this competition left to save his season. In the final, the English should find the enemies of Manchester United. The Red Devils crushed AS Roma at Old Trafford (6-2) and it would take a miracle for the Louve club, which will be coached next year by Mourinho, to overthrow the Mancuniens.
We would then have two 100% English European finals with an enticing Chelsea-City in C1.