Welbeck has 'significant' ankle injury, Arsenal confirm

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His injury gives Arsenal a dilemma about what to do with his contract and that in turn will expose how the...

Images showed Welbeck's right ankle bent at an unnatural angle, and Emery told his postmatch news conference: "The worst news tonight is this injury".

Welbeck's teammates' reactions spoke volumes as he was attended to by physios on the pitch at the Emirates. His doesn't look as serious as Welbeck's, I think it's fair to say.

He was taken off on a stretcher with his right leg heavily strapped before being rushed to hospital to assess the damage.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was not included in the squad to face Sporting, tweeted during the match to wish his team-mate well.

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: "He was working well and he was having a good match".

"His injury was hard also for the mentality of the players because they looked at the big injury". A good lad and a good friend.

"We have to give credit to Sporting because they were very compact and they made it hard for us, but maybe that composure was lacking a bit today", he added.

With some of the game's intensity lost following the serious injury, neither side were able to break through as Arsenal secured the point they needed to qualify for the next round. After the match, Emery confirmed that his back-up striker had suffered a "big" injury and that he had immediately been taken to hospital.

"Structures within the ankle which could [be] injured [are] the medial, lateral, anterior & posterior ligaments, tibia, fibula & talus bones as well as chondral surfaces".

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