Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Danny Welbeck injury overshadows Arsenal Europa League progress

Sporting Lisbon will try to join Arsenal at the top of Europa League Group E on Thursday night Sporting Lisbon will try to join Arsenal at the top of Europa League Group E on Thursday night
Kristopher Love | 09 November, 2018, 13:14

Welbeck, who scored the winning goal in the reverse fixture in Portugal, was replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 29th minute of the game.

Welbeck was quickly surrounded by his team-mates, with Matteo Guendouzi visibly shocked by the incident, before receiving oxygen and being carried from the pitch.

The Gunners were beaten 2-0 at home by champions Manchester City in their opening competitive game under the Spaniard before losing 3-2 at Chelsea in their second match.

He deservedly received a call up to Gareth Southgate's England squad this afternoon but after what looks like a serious injury against Sporting CP tonight, it looks like he will be out for a long spell. We are going to wait [for updates]. Danny was working well and... "The game in Lisbon was also hard but we won and now we can say those three points were very important".

"We worked well with very good commitment in a hard game".

In addition to a troubling injury suffered by Danny Welbeck, confirmed by Emery as a leg break, Stefan Lichsteiner was also forced from the pitch with a hamstring complaint.

"Lichtsteiner is muscular", he added.

"But when he had the injury we needed to play with a right-back which was the reason we played with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]".

However, the Gunners have secured their progress to the knockout stages of the competition as Emery seeks to win a major piece of silverware in his debut campaign in charge of the north London outfit.