Arsenal vs. Sporting CP - Football Match Report

Steven Gerrard reacts angrily on the touchline
Steven Gerrard could be celebrating in Russia Credit Getty Images

10 November, 2018

Given that Arsenal's goalless draw with Sporting Clube de Portugal was otherwise fairly routine, it was little wonder that Unai Emery's post-match press conference was dominated by questions about Danny Welbeck.

That was the last of the meaningful action as Arsenal failed to score for just the second time under Emery - but it will be Welbeck's injury that dominates the fall-out. "We will know [more] about his injury tomorrow".

Arsenal despite the draw have already booked a place in the knockout stages of the competition but one big dent to that achievement is the injury sustained by Danny Welbeck.

A message of support also came in from former Arsenal midfielder Santi Carzorla, who himself was the victim of a torrid run of injuries at the north London club before departing for Villarreal this summer.

"Both sets of teams were mentally challenged and we were able to continue with the game, but like I said, we wish him all the best and we will keep on encouraging and motiving him to get back".

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Petr Cech: "Danny's looked like a serious injury which is not nice to see and our thoughts are with him and also Stephan [Lichtsteiner]".

The England global was on the fringes of Emery's first-team squad so a contract extension is unlikely to be forthcoming.

The game was then stopped for several minutes after Welbeck contested a header with Gaspar before appearing to suffer an ankle injury on landing.

"He's wealthy boy now, it's nothing to do with that, but for his mental well-being".

But it was Welbeck's injury just before the half hour mark that was the main talking point from a largely forgettable Emirates Stadium encounter. "Will need [to be] imaged #AFC".

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