Mikel Arteta says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to have a second scan on his injury, ruling him out against Manchester City, but he’s improving in recent days.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal whilst wearing a rainbow coloured captain's armband in support of the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal on December 06, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed out on Arsenal’s clash with Everton over the weekend, with the club confirming he had a tight calf ahead of the game.

After the match, Mikel Arteta gave a vague update that Aubameyang would need “a few days” or “a week” or “two weeks”. It really wasn’t very clear.

The manager clarified ahead of Manchester City that Aubameyang would certainly miss the League Cup quarter-final. The striker also needs another scan on his calf strain before they can put a timeframe on things.

“Auba is feeling much better and he was more positive yesterday than in the previous two days,” Arteta said. “He will have another scan in the next few days and we will see how quickly we can get him back in the team.

“Auba is not fit for tomorrow, that’s for sure. He won’t be playing tomorrow so we will see who is available because we have a few doubts as well in other positions.”

Aubameyang has struggled for goals so far this season, but he’s still the club’s joint-top scorer in all competitions with five. Eddie Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe also have five each, whilst Alexandre Lacazette is just behind with four.

Even though Aubameyang is a way off the levels that saw him score 60 in the last two full seasons, Arsenal will still miss him in a big game like this.

Let’s not forget his brace in the FA Cup semi-final against City just a few months ago. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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