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Arsenal captain Aubameyang reveals reason for absence

captain Pierre-Emerick has thanked fans for the support he has received during his recent absence from the team.

has missed ’s two consecutive trips to Southampton in the FA Cup and in the Premier League, as it was confirmed that the striker had to deal with “personal issues”.

boss Mikel Arteta had said he was unsure when his captain would return to the squad, but has released a social media post explaining why he has been unable to feature – his mother has been unwell – and he thanked fans for the support shown to him.

said, “Thank you so much for all the messages and calls over the last few days. My mother is going through some health issues and I had to be there for her.

“She’s already much better now and I will be back home tonight. I’m more than grateful for the doctors and nurses helping her get through this.

“And of course, thanks to my fam for the support yesterday! I’m more determined than ever to keep our momentum going!

“Thank you all again – I really am beyond blessed to receive this level of support and love from all of you and I can’t wait to be back.”

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