Arsene Wenger reveals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang illness ahead of Arsenal vs Everton clash | Football | Sport

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That’s what Arsene Wenger revealed this morning while discussing the Gunners’ new £56m signing.

Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in a deal that led to Olivier Giroud’s move to Chelsea.

And the Emirates faithful will be hoping he can make up for the loss of the Frenchman’s goal-threat as soon as possible.

Aubameyang had been tipped to make his Arsenal debut when Sam Allardyce takes his Everton side to north London tomorrow.

Wenger admits it’s touch and go as to whether the 28-year-old will be available for the Premier League clash though.

“He started [training] yesterday but wasn’t completely well,” he said.

“I will see with the medical department.”

Wenger elaborated by explaining Aubameyang had been suffering with sickness and a fever.

He also discussed the attributes that convinced him to sign the Gabon international.

“He is a typical striker with great pace and a good ratio between games played and goals scored,” he added. “He is a team player.

“We lost some goals because we lost [Alexis] Sanchez, Giroud and [Theo] Walcott who were our goalscorers.”

And Wenger is convinced Aubameyang has what it takes to rise to the challenge of playing in England.

“If he had played in the Premier League, the Bundesliga would be a good challenge,” he said. “There is no inferiority.

“It is a new challenge where the football is more combative and intense.”

Wenger is also optimistic about Aubamayang recreating the partnership he enjoyed with fellow new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Dortmund.

“I hope so yes, they know each other well,” he said. 

“We are an offensive team, hopefully they can recreate that understanding.”



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