'Twisted his ankle': Arteta delivers worrying injury update to Arsenal fans
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'Twisted his ankle': Arteta delivers worrying injury update to Arsenal fans

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirmed after the game last night that his skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had twisted his ankle.

The Gabon star was back to his best against Leeds yesterday. He scored a brilliant hat-trick and could have easily had a couple more. Auba was rightly named the man of the match, but it’s not all good news.

The Gunners skipper landed awkwardly after a challenge towards the end of the game. He stayed on the ground for a while and required treatment to get back to his feet. Auba was again caught with a poor tackle a few minutes later and that increased the worry.


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He finished the game and was all smiles during his interviews post-match. However, Arteta has confirmed that he had twisted his ankle and he was in a lot of pain as a result.

He told BBC Sport (18:58): “We have been missing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goals and him at his best. He has been training after a difficult period with a family issue and we had a feeling he could be key in this game.

“He was in pain and got a big kick, twisted his ankle but hopefully he will be fine (for the game against Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday).”

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Losing Auba will be a massive blow

Aubameyang’s body language after the game looked good and that should ease the worries among Arsenal fans. However, we never know how bad things can turn out to be – just look at Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal have a difficult run of games coming up. We take on Manchester City, Leicester, Liverpool and Tottenham in our next six league games and we simply cannot afford to lose Auba for any of those fixtures.

Arteta is hopeful that it isn’t anything serious and so are all Arsenal supporters. It’s not a big issue if he misses the game mid-week against Benfica, but not having him for the clash this weekend will be disastrous.

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