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Arsenal's Danny Welbeck suffers broken ankle against Sporting Lisbon

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Danny Welbeck sent to hospital after suspected broken ankle left Arsenal team-mates shell-shocked during Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon… while friend Nani consoles the stricken England striker

  • Danny Welbeck suffered ankle injury while attacking a cross in the 25th minute
  • The English striker tried to head the ball before landing awkwardly on his ankle 
  • Team-mates including Mateo Guendouzi looked on with huge concern at injury
  • Welbeck was treated for five minutes and has now been sent to hospital

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Danny Welbeck suffered a suspected broken ankle in Arsenal’s Europa League draw against Sporting Lisbon, leaving his team-mates looking shocked as they came to terms with the injury.

Welbeck was quickly attended to by Arsenal medics and treated on the pitch, with an oxygen mask administered and a leg brace in place, before being sent to hospital to get the injury examined. Unai Emery later confirmed he had broken his ankle.

The striker had landed awkwardly while trying to attack a header in the first half. 

Danny Welbeck looks on as he is carried off on a stretcher at the Emirates Stadium

Danny Welbeck looks on as he is carried off on a stretcher at the Emirates Stadium

Nani attends to his former Manchester United team-mate as medics call for further assistance

Nani attends to his former Manchester United team-mate as medics call for further assistance

Nani attends to his former Manchester United team-mate as medics call for further assistance

Welbeck's ankle was caught underneath his leg after he had attacked a cross with a header

Welbeck's ankle was caught underneath his leg after he had attacked a cross with a header

Welbeck’s ankle was caught underneath his leg after he had attacked a cross with a header

Team-mates looked on in shock at the extent of the injury, with Matteo Guendouzi visibly distressed by holding both hands to his face as Welbeck was treated.

Manager Unai Emery expressed how upset he was by the injury to the England striker.

‘This is the worst news tonight,’ Emery said. ‘We think it’s serious. He was working well, doing a good match. He had chances.

‘His injury also affect the mentality of the players. When you are playing football, playing competitive matches, it can happen. We don’t want that. This is our profession.’

And the Spaniard suspected Welbeck had broken a bone, adding: ‘Every injury is different. He has broken something in his ankle. It is a different injury than another.’

Speaking after the 0-0 draw, goalkeeper Petr Cech was quick to insist that all the squad were thinking about was Welbeck.  

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nani show their support to Welbeck and shake his hands as he departs

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nani show their support to Welbeck and shake his hands as he departs

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nani show their support to Welbeck and shake his hands as he departs

‘Danny [Welbeck]’s looked like a serious injury which is not nice to see and our thoughts are with him and also Stephan [Lichtsteiner],’ Cech told BT Sport. 

Alex Iwobi added: ‘It is very mentally challenging but sometimes it comes with the game. 

‘There’s been a lot of injuries and unfortunately for Danny he has had a few so we are going wish him the best and we’ll keep encouraging and motivating him to get back.’

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown commented: ‘I think he has tried to plant his foot and it’s got stuck behind him, all the way through and you can see it is written on Guendouzi’s face the extent of the injury.

‘He’s a great professional and he is good for the group as he is a little older and he is a loss to them and it looks like he will be out for a while.’

As the seriousness of the injury quickly became apparent, the Emirates Stadium fell eerily quiet as medical teams took due care in attending to Welbeck.  

Welbeck lands on his right ankle in an awkward fashion after attacking a cross in the box

Welbeck lands on his right ankle in an awkward fashion after attacking a cross in the box

Welbeck lands on his right ankle in an awkward fashion after attacking a cross in the box

The Arsenal striker had tried to make contact with a header in a battle with a Sporting defender

The Arsenal striker had tried to make contact with a header in a battle with a Sporting defender

The Arsenal striker had tried to make contact with a header in a battle with a Sporting defender

Welbeck fell into another defender shortly after his painful impact with the turf

Welbeck fell into another defender shortly after his painful impact with the turf

Welbeck fell into another defender shortly after his painful impact with the turf

Clutching his right leg, the Arsenal hitman rolled around in pain following the injury

Clutching his right leg, the Arsenal hitman rolled around in pain following the injury

Clutching his right leg, the Arsenal hitman rolled around in pain following the injury

Arsenal medics quickly came onto the pitch to attend to the pain stricken striker

Arsenal medics quickly came onto the pitch to attend to the pain stricken striker

Arsenal medics quickly came onto the pitch to attend to the pain stricken striker

Matteo Guendouzi looks on with concern as Welbeck is treated for his ankle injury

Matteo Guendouzi looks on with concern as Welbeck is treated for his ankle injury

Matteo Guendouzi looks on with concern as Welbeck is treated for his ankle injury

The striker was down for five minutes in the Sporting Lisbon box before he was carefully placed onto a stretcher and carried off to chants of his name from the club’s supporters, who also applauded him off.

Former Manchester United team-mate Nani went out of his way to console Welbeck as he lay on the turf and while he was removed from the field of play. 

Welbeck managed to exchange handshakes of support with team-mates as he departed but there are now fears the nature of the injury could rule him out long term.

The incident occurred in the 25th minute as Welbeck ghosted in from the back post to attack a central cross from Stephan Lichtsteiner on the right.

Concerned Arsenal fans look on as Welbeck is carried off down the tunnel on a stretcher

Concerned Arsenal fans look on as Welbeck is carried off down the tunnel on a stretcher

Concerned Arsenal fans look on as Welbeck is carried off down the tunnel on a stretcher

Arsenal supporters applauded and chanted Welbeck's name as he departed the field of play

Arsenal supporters applauded and chanted Welbeck's name as he departed the field of play

Arsenal supporters applauded and chanted Welbeck’s name as he departed the field of play

Although he made contact with his header, the battle with a Sporting defender saw him land awkwardly on the ankle leaving him rolling around in agony.

Almost immediately the Sporting keeper Renan Ribeiro spotted the nature of the injury, pointing towards the striker to bring the game to a halt.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaced Welbeck in the Europa League tie.



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Arsenal news: Unai Emery decides to sell ONE player in January, replacement lined up

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The Egypt international is yet to play in the Premier League under Emery this season.

Elneny, 26, has been hit and miss since joining the Gunners in 2016 from Basel.

And according to The Sun, Emery is desperate to pocket £15m for Elneny in the January transfer window.

They say Leicester could be a potential landing spot for the defensive midfielder in the New Year.

Should Emery’s wish be granted and Elneny leaves Arsenal, the Gunners want Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals as his replacement.

The 22-year-old will cost just £17.8m due to a release clause in his current contract.

Spain international Fornals has netted three goals and chipped in with two assists in all competitions this season for Villarreal.

Emery was forced to change his January transfer plans following Danny Welbeck’s horror injury.

The striker has more than likely played his last game for Arsenal after breaking his ankle in the Europa League earlier this month.

That leaves Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as Emery’s only real options up top.

Gunners legend Ray Parlour recently told Express Sport that Emery is already making plans ahead of the January window.

He said: “I’m sure they’ll be positions he wants to. For me centre-half he could probably strengthen.

“But he’s got [Laurent] Koscielny coming back, they’ve missed him.

“He’s a little bit older but I’m sure he’s working hard to get back in the side so I think he’ll assess the situation when it comes to January.

“He’ll be lining people up anyway.”

Arsenal are back in action this weekend against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

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