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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘was sent back to Arsenal under pressure’ as Gabon was unable to do an MRI scan, manager says

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG is said to have been sent back to Arsenal due to ‘pressure’ from the club after he had a heart attack.

The 32-year-old striker, who is believed to have been available for transfer by the Gunners, signed for Covid shortly before heading to Cameroon to play against Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to Arsenal from the Africa Cup of Nations

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to Arsenal from the Africa Cup of NationsCredit: Twitter @_aauba
Gabon coach Patrice Neveu reveals Gunners pressuring star to return

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Gabon coach Patrice Neveu reveals Gunners pressuring star to returnCredit: AFP

The Gabonese FA announced that they discovered ‘heart damage’ when examining Aubameyang’s recovery last Friday.

The player assured Arsenal’s medical team that he was fine and training normally.

But Aubameyang is returning to the Gunners’ Colney training ground for a check-up after he – along with former Nice midfielder Mario Lemina – was sent home by national coach Patrice Neveu.

Now, his international team boss has revealed more about the loss of the striker star as he admits that the ‘pressure’ from each player’s club is too great after Gabon could not perform an MRI scan.

Before their final game against Morocco tonight, Neveu said Sports sky: “What I do know is that they have been using Covid for free for the past 72 hours.

“We couldn’t arrange an MRI for them, as a result they couldn’t train.

“They are really uncomfortable being in their rooms. We made the decision yesterday with the president and also under pressure from the clubs, because they are worried, so [Aubameyang] should go back to Arsenal and Mario back to Nice”.

Regarding Aubameyang, Neveu added: “As you know, he is an important player for Arsenal, although he is going through a difficult period at the moment. We still have to report to the clubs.

“And when a player’s health is affected and as you know they are paid by the club, we have to be reasonable at some point.”

Aubameyang and Lemina caused controversy when partying in Dubai before the tournament, days before testing positive for the Arsenal star.

And rumors quickly began circulating on social media that the couple had been involved in another disciplinary issue before being ordered to march.

But Aubameyang, who has been chilled at Arsenal since returning late from a trip abroad last month, took to Twitter to deny the claims.

“We have inherently complicated problems to deal with and we have to take care of our health first,” he wrote.

“On top of that there are false rumors that I won’t be back and I sincerely hope that our team goes as far as possible.”

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