Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back in training for the Gunners.
The forward missed the London club’s last three games to be with his mother who had some health complications. He has now linked up with his teammates, but remains doubtful for Tuesday night’s clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It remains to be seen whether the Gabonese forward will be included in the squad that will travel to the Midlands, but he has been in quarantine since returning to London and completed his first training session on Monday.
Asked about the return of his captain in the match day squad, Mikel Arteta said he can only return when permitted to do so under the strict Premier League rules.
“We have to follow the rules and the protocols right now and the protocols says that he cannot be involved at the moment. There are still some things to clear up,” said Arteta.
Arsenal is undefeated in their previous seven games in all competitions. They last lost a game on the 22nd of December 2020 – a 4-1 EFL Cup defeat at home against Manchester City.
They played out to a goalless draw against title contenders Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium and will be looking to get all three points against a wounded Wolves who lost 1-0 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last Saturday.
Arteta’s side are currently 10th on the Premier League table with 31 points from 19 games. The Spaniard is under pressure to push the club to at least a European spot by the end of the season and a win at Moloneux will be a step in the right direction.
Aubameyang has scored five league goals in 17 games. In his last game, the attacker scored two goals against Newcastle to boost his confidence after struggling to hit the back of the net for most of the first half of the season.
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