Unai Emery admitted the horror injury suffered by Danny Welbeck affected Arsenal’s players in their goalless with Sporting Lisbon. England striker Welbeck was taken to hospital after sustaining a suspected broken ankle in the first half when he challenged for a header in the box before crumpling onto the pitch.
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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. “It’s the worst news tonight, this injury. It’s clear that we are with him in these minutes,” Emery said. “He was working well and he was having a good match. He had some chances too.
“His injury was with the mentality of the players. They saw it was a big injury. When you are playing football, when you are playing in competitive matches, it can happen. You don’t want it to happen but this is our profession. “Now he is at the hospital. The news is that we are going to wait – but we think it’s a serious injury.”
Welbeck is out of contract at the end of the season, and Emery added: “He’s a very good person. His commitment with us is very big. He’s helped us with his behaviour, with his quality and his capacity. “It’s a very big injury for him, for us, for all people who like and love him as a person.”