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Auba missed Sheffield through illness

It was revealed yesterday by The Athletic that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would not be available for Arsenal’s match against Sheffield United due to suffering with flu.

Arsenal are without Aubameyang + Smith Rowe for Sunday trip to Sheffield United — Aubameyang has flu, Smith Rowe an ankle issue. #AFC will hope they recover in time for Europa League QF 2nd leg at Slavia Prague on Thursday @TheAthleticUK #SUFC #SHUARS #UEL https://t.co/KKkO9xpRv9

— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) April 10, 2021

This has been a problem for Arsenal over recent weeks with Granit Xhaka missing the match against Liverpool due to a similar issue.

Aubameyang has struggled for form of late and has even been dropped by Mikel Arteta in crucial fixtures. He came off the bench in midweek against Slavia Prague to set up Nicolas Pepe’s opening goal.

Aubameyang was also benched against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby because he arrived to the game late.

NEWS | Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta dropped club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang because he reported late for today’s north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, it can be revealed.https://t.co/GfAGwk38ex

— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) March 14, 2021

It would be fair to say that he is not having the best of times at present with the club and further omissions would be unsurprising.

Is he ill?

This has naturally led to a large amount of scepticism from the Arsenal fan base as to whether the reasoning behind his latest absence is true.

Many questioned whether an ‘excuse’ of illness was enough to convince fans that there had not been another disciplinary problem.

‘Flu is such a silly excuse to use for Aubameyang not playing tonight. We’re in the middle of a pandemic caused by a respiratory illness- if someone in the bubble had caught the ‘flu that would be really serious and result in widespread isolation required for his teammates.

— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) April 11, 2021

😂 “the flu.” https://t.co/ltWhBeLZiJ

— YankeeGunner (@YankeeGunner) April 10, 2021

Flu is an interesting excuse. A Lab in America reported in Feb that 0.3% of 23k swabs had normal flu, it would normally be 30%. Covid basically wiped out normal flu.

Chances Auba has it are so, so low. It’s like Arsenal want the excuse to be lame.https://t.co/tfmtGRXqai

— Le Grove (@LeGrove) April 10, 2021

Some even pointed towards reports that there were supposedly zero cases of flu in the UK and it was therefore impossible for Aubameyang to have caught it.

Aubameyang out of tomorrow’s game with flu 🤔 pic.twitter.com/4yCspYYF1C

— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) April 10, 2021

However, there were, as is typically the case with Arsenal debates, those on the other side of the fence.

(Joking aside, my family in Hertfordshire all had nasty flu or similar a fortnight ago and Xhaka was also ill last week, so there have been other viruses around north London)

— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) April 11, 2021

What the truth is, likely falls within more reasonable realms but there is never a dull moment it seems at Arsenal.

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