Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang revealed Thursday that he contracted malaria whilst on international duty with the Gabon national team last week. The Arsenal captain missed Sunday's win over Sheffield United with what the club initially termed as flu and did not make the trip to Prague as the Gunners beat Slavia Prague to advance to the Europa League semifinals. Aubameyang has played 89 minutes since joining up with his national team for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against DR Congo.

He wrote on Instagram: "Hey guys, thanks for all the messages and calls. Unfortunately I contracted malaria whilst being on national team duty in Gabon a few weeks ago. I've spent a few days in hospital this week but I'm already feeling much better every day, thanks to the great doctors that detected and treated the virus so quickly. "