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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang issues apology to Arsenal fans after Europa League exit


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has apologised to Arsenal fans (Reuters)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has issued an apology to Arsenal fans following their Europa League exit this week.

The Gunners required a win in the second leg of their semi-final tie against Villarreal but Mikel Arteta’s side delivered another drab display at the Emirates Stadium and a goalless draw saw them eliminated from the competition.

Arsenal will now be without European football next season, while Arteta is now under increasing pressure due to the team’s poor performances.

And Aubameyang admits Arsenal’s players were ‘desperate’ to deliver a positive end to the campaign.

‘We struggled to find our rhythm in the first half and didn’t give Villarreal enough problems,’ Aubameyang wrote in his matchday programme notes before Arsenal’s clash with West Brom on Sunday.

‘And when we had a chance, the luck wasn’t there for us, when I hit the post with the volley and then the header in the second half.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came close to putting Arsenal ahead against Villarreal (Getty)

‘I thought we started the second half with more enrgy and put them under preessure, but we just couldn’t maintain that drive and ultimately, we just didn’t find a way through Villarreal. I thought my header was in when it hit the post but it just wasn’t going to happen.

‘Like I said, we are really upset about going out of the competition at this stage, for ourselves, for the club and most of all for you the supporters.

‘It’s been such a difficult season for fans and we desperately wanted to give you something positive this season – I’m just so sorry we couldn’t do it for you.’

Aubameyang also revealed that he lost four kilograms in weight after he was diagnosed with malaria last month.

‘I would say it was the worst moment of being sick in my life,’ said the striker.

‘I had fever for three days in a row – all day and all night – and the paracetamol was having no effect. So we decided I needed to go to hospital. I was very down and lost four kilos in weight.

‘It was a difficult moment and I think my family was a bit scared to see me like that.

‘I’m very thankful for the treatment I received, the doctors and all the staff did a great job, and as I say, I am ready to lead the team again now.’

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