Kevin Campbell has been stunned by the news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has contracted Malaria after leaving Arsenal to go on international duty. 

The former Arsenal striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed that Malaria could ‘decimate’ the Gunners captain.

On Thursday, Aubameyang took to Instagram to share the news that he had caught the disease while on international duty with Gabon and had spent days in hospital this week.

He commented, “Unfortunately I contracted Malaria whilst being on national team duty in Gabon a few weeks ago. I’ve spent a few days in hospital this week but I’m already feeling much better every day.”

Campbell was devastated to hear the news and claimed that this is just the latest difficult situation in a season to forget for Aubameyang.

“It’s awful news, they thought it was a bit of flu, or a virus or something,” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“Obviously he went home during the internationals and unfortunately this is something that can happen. 

“It’s been a season to forget for Aubameyang, he’s gone through so many difficult situations, his Mum gets ill then he gets Malaria. 

“On Instagram he said he’s starting to feel better but it will take him a little while to get over it because that can decimate you. 

“I’m sure they’ll do the right thing medically and he’ll be back involved when he’s right.”

Aubameyang, 31, has made 33 competitive appearances for Arsenal this season, racking up 14 goals and two assists.

He has some way to go to match the tally of 29 goals in all competitions he managed last season and it is currently unknown when he will return to first team training after this latest blow.

In other Arsenal news, Campbell lauds Odegaard as Arsenal submit offer for in-form playmaker.