Welbeck injury oveshadows Arsenal reaching Europa League knockouts

Tanya Simon
November 9, 2018

It's clear that we are with him in these minutes.

"He was working well and he was having a good match". He had some chances too. They saw it was a big injury. "We don't want it, but this is our profession".

"Now he is at the hospital".

There was no immediate comment from the club on the seriousness of the injury to Welbeck, whose contract with the north London side ends at the end of the 2018-19 season.

"His commitment with us is very big".

Welbeck's England and former Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard also sent his best wishes through Twitter, saying "Get well soon brother".

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A heavily changed Arsenal side were unable to break down a dogged Sporting team, who were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when defender Jeremy Mathieu fouled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he raced towards the area.

The incident knocked the wind out of Arsenal's sails but Welbeck's replacement Aubameyang hit the crossbar as the visitors offered very little in terms of an attacking threat.

He added: "Our mind is to be first in the group".

However, they have not lost since, are fifth in the Premier League, have won all three of their Europa League games and are into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. "We are following him every match and know he will help us in the future".

"We were aware of the opponent's quality but we, knowing our capacity and being creative and aggressive with and without ball, could try to surprise here".

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