Aubameyang happy to score again after malaria recovery

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said he was happy to score on his first start since recovering from malaria as the north London club secured a 2-0 Premier League victory against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Aubameyang happy to score again after malaria recovery

Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 26, 2020. NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP

Captain Aubameyang was sidelined after he contracted malaria while on international duty with Gabon in March and spent time in hospital last month.

The 31-year-old scored a second-half goal after Mohamed Elneny found the opener as Arsenal moved up to ninth in the league table.

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“I was really happy to be back first and scoring a goal,” said Aubameyang, who has scored 15 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season.

“When you are out for a few weeks you realise how good it is to be back on the pitch.

“At the end for the last five minutes, I was dying a little bit. But to tell the truth, I felt good the whole game so I was really happy with that.

“I have to say that the doctors did incredible work with me … I’m really thankful for them.”

Arsenal host Villarreal in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday, having lost 2-1 in the first leg in Spain.

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