first_imgAdvertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced out of Arsenal’s FA Cup tie with Leeds through illness Phil HaighMonday 6 Jan 2020 8:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been struggling with illness (Picture: REUTERS)Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been forced to sit out of the clash with Leeds in the FA Cup through illness.Arteta named a strong side in the third round against the Championship leaders, but his top scorer was not involved in the squad on Monday night at the Emirates.The Spaniard did not reveal how serious the illness was, but he did not sound overly concerned, even stating that the former Borussia Dortmund man wanted to play against Leeds.‘He was ill, so he wanted to be involved but he was ill,’ Arteta told the BBC.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We had a few of them in the last few days so the context hasn’t been easy in the last few days to pick the team.‘But it’s what we have, I’m happy with the team I’ve put out there.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAubameyang has scored in two of the three games Arteta has taken charge of since he replaced Unai Emery as Gunners boss and was key in the 2-0 win over Manchester United last time out in the Premier League.The 30-year-old has scored 13 goals in 20 Premier League outings this season and 15 in all competitions and has been a consistent force in a wholly inconsistent side this campaign.After much uncertainty at the Emirates in recent times, with the change in manager and poor form, there has been speculation about the striker’s future.However, he has moved to dispel rumours, telling RMC: ‘The English press likes to talk a lot. For now, I’m here. I’m 100% here.’The forward’s contract at Arsenal only runs until 2021 so will have just a year left on his deal at the end of this season.The club will be desperate to extend his contract, but if they cannot then a transfer is possible over the summer.MORE: Arsenal and Tottenham considering loan move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar but it would not be cheapMORE: Leeds United star Ezgjan Alioski taunts Arsenal and Manchester United ahead of FA Cup clashcenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img

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