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Injury Update: Mikel Arteta provides Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang injury update after hat-trick against Leeds

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is confident that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be fit for Thursday’s clash against Benfica.

The Gabon forward hit his first Premier League hat-trick for the club, with a display that will have Arteta hoping the 31-year-old has recaptured his prolific form in front of goal.

Though Leeds staged a late comeback, Aubameyang’s earlier goals had put the game out of reach for Marcelo Bielsa’s men. However, Aubameyang’s afternoon looked to have ended on a sour note as he fell awkwardly after an unfortunate landing with defender Luke Ayling.

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Aubameyang received lengthy treatment and then took another heavy challenge from Stuart Dallas with seconds left on the clock.

Aubameyang hit his first Premier League hat-trick (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) Arsenal face Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash on Thursday and supporters were understandably worried at the pain Aubameyang appeared to be in.

‘He was in pain and got a big kick, twisted his ankle but hopefully he will be fine (for Thursday),’ said Arteta.

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Aubameyang has struggled in front of goal this term and he’s been absent in recent weeks due to off-field issues.

However, Arteta said he noted that the Gabon captain was back to his best in training this week and that convinced him to play the former Dortmund ace as a centre forward against Leeds.

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‘He’s been training really good, he wants to get back,’ said Arteta.

‘He wants to help the team. I could see that this week. I had a feeling to put him as a no.9 today and he’s done his job.’

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