Aubameyang returns ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Wolves

FILE PHOTO: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium in London, England, January 18, 2021. /CFP

Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang resumed training on Monday following a week-long absence from the squad to attend to his ailing mother.

The 31-year-old Gabonese was pictured by Arsenal’s photographer as he engaged in drills at the London Colney training ground.

The skipper has not been part of Arsenals’ squad since 18 January when the North Londoners beat Newcastle 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Aubameyang contributed two goals.

Following his absence from the squad, he issued an explanation on social media that his mother was battling an illness.

“My mother is going through some health issues and I had to be there for her. She’s already much better now and I will be back home tonight,” he wrote on his Instagram.

In his absence, Arsenal were thrown out of the FA Cup by Southampton, but they managed a win and a draw in the Premier League.

Aubameyang’s return comes as the Gunners prepare to take on Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

The Londoners currently lie in tenth place with 31 points from 21 games, eight points behind Leicester in fourth place and 13 points behind leaders Manchester City.