Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pays tribute to doctors after Newcastle comeback goal following malaria

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 (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hailed the doctors who treated him during his recent bout of malaria after he scored on his return to the Arsenal starting XI against Newcastle.

Aubameyang made his first start since April 3 at St James’ Park on Sunday and scored as the Gunners cruised to a comfortable won 2-0.

"When you are out for a few weeks you realise how good it is to be back on the pitch and scoring a goal," said Aubameyang, who contracted Malaria while on international duty with Gabon in March. “I was really happy to be back.

“The last five minutes I was dying a little bit but to tell the truth I felt good for most of the game and I was happy with that. The doctors did incredible work with me and I am really pleased with them and have to say thank you to them.”

Aubameyang added to BBC Sport: "It was a great goal [from Mohamed Elneny]. I am happy for him because he is a great guy.

“We needed this one I think. After a few games without winning it was important ahead of our game on Thursday.

“It was a great goal. [Gabriel Martinelli] did incredible work today and he gave me this assist. All credit to him.

“It was really important to take some confidence as we know Thursday we will need everybody to be ready. Hopefully we can go through.”

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