Arsenal's Danny Welbeck suffers leg injury against Sporting

Tanya Simon
November 9, 2018

Sporting ended the game with 10 men when ex-Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu was shown a straight red card after fouling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was clean through, although the hosts could not find a winning goal.

His second opportunity saw the England global head straight at Renan Ribeiro, but the striker landed badly on his ankle and left the field on a stretcher.

Welbeck was taken to hospital during the second half of the game for an x-ray.

Many of Welbeck's team-mates appeared distressed as he received lengthy treatment and needed an oxygen mask before being carried off on a stretcher.

"The worst news tonight is these injuries", the Spaniard told a media conference.

Emery said after the game: "Lichtsteiner's injury changed our idea on the match, we wanted to change for Eddie Nketiah and give another chance for the striker". We are going to wait [for updates].

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"Danny is a very good person, his commitment with us is very big".

"It's a very big injury for him, for us, for all people who like and love him as a person".

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.

"We do not even know what I'll be doing tomorrow".

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.

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