- Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium later today
- The Gunners manager Mikel Arteta confirms Aubameyang will not be available for the match
- The 31-year-old has been excused from the team in a bid to go take care of his ill mother
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be available for Arsenal when they host Manchester United in a crunch Premier League meeting on Saturday, January 30.
The North London club appears to have granted their captain a passionate leave from work to take care of his sick mother.
However, the duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey have been declared fit for the encounter staging at the Emirates Stadium.
Earlier in the week, the Gunners revealed they were unsure if the Gabon striker would be back in the squad but their manager Mikel Arteta during his match conference confirmed he is not available.
During his press conference ahead of the match, the Spanish born tactician said on the club's official website:
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be unavailable for Saturday’s match due to personal family reasons.”
It would be recalled that the former Borussia Dortmund star missed his side's doubleheader against Southampton earlier this week due to his mother was in ill health.
Aubameyang will have to present a negative COVID-19 test result or isolate for the period of time stated by the British government before rejoining his teammates according to Goal.
The publication confirmed that the Gabon forward’s situation is still not clear, but he will not face United.
Meanwhile, Partey has handed the North Londoners a huge boost by being passed fit, after limping off injured in the win over Southampton on Tuesday. The Gunners said:
“Thomas has been in full training since Tuesday’s match at Southampton and is available for selection."
It is a similar story for Smith Rowe who also picked up a knock against Saints that forced him off after 72 minutes but is available to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils.
Kieran Tierney is a doubt and will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness.
“Kieran is continuing to be assessed for discomfort in the right lower leg,” the club said. “A late decision will be made regarding Kieran’s availability for Saturday’s match.”
Arsenal began the weekend round of Premier League fixtures in ninth in the table, 10 points behind the Red Devils and 11 adrift of leaders Manchester City.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Pierre Emerick Aubameyang may be unavailable when Arsenal welcome Manchester United to Emirates Stadium on Saturday, January 30.
The Gabon international has missed the Gunners last two games to be with his mother who has been seriously ill.
He revealed that she is thankfully getting better with so much help from the doctors and nurses, however, the North Londoners will not rush the strikers back to action.