Gabon will be without Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Tuesday’s meeting with Egypt, although a reason has not yet been revealed by the striker’s country or club.
Aubameyang, an almost permanent starter when he was in form, scored Gabon’s winning goal against Libya last week and was expected to retain his place in the squad to face Egypt.
However, that has not happened. The Gabonese Football Association confirmed on Twitter that Aubameyang was not part of the squad, but no reason was given.
The local Gabonese store L’Union states that Aubameyang actually traveled with the team for the match, only to hop on a private flight back to London before the match.
There have been suggestions that Arsenal had an agreement with Gabon to take Aubameyang back early, but others have claimed that Aubameyang is injured – including international teammate Bruno Ecuele Manga.
The Dijon defender told OnTime Sports that Aubameyang has found a problem and therefore could not play in Tuesday’s match, but neither Gabon nor Arsenal have actually backed it up by now.
Aubameyang managed 90 minutes last against Libya and did not seem to have any injuries, so there is a chance that he can be sent home as a precautionary measure.
Arsenal will travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday, with Mikel Arteta’s men wanting to skip their opponents to fourth place in the Premier League with a victory.
The boss will be keen to ensure that Aubameyang – the team’s top scorer – is healthy for it, especially given that losing a striker could force a change from the 4-4-2 formation that has been so successful for the Gunners in recent times. the weeks.
Alexandre Lacazette remains in shape, but outside of him, Arteta’s only other options in the attack are the young duo Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun, while Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli could be played centrally if needed.