Danny Welbeck: Arsenal say forward has 'significant' ankle injury

Arsenal's unsung hero

Arsenal's unsung hero

Danny Welbeck was carried off on a stretcher after suffering a potentially serious lower-leg injury during Arsenal's Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday. "A further update will be issued over the next 72 hours", the Arsenal update said.

Arsenal revealed later that the 27-year-old has been taken to hospital, and coach Unai Emery described the injury as "the worst news" of the night in a press conference.

"He's been so unlucky with injuries over the past few years, but he's a good character and got a good set of lads around him so we'll lift him up and get him back as soon as we can".

"We knew it was going to be tough considering we played them away and it wasn't easy, so we expected a hard game again", Iwobi told Arsenal website after the game. "He can come back strong".

Danny Welbeck scored the 77th-minute victor, which gave Arsenal sole possession of first place in Group E. The Gunners haven't lost in their last 14 matches and have found their form under manager Unai Emery, a three-time victor of the Europa League with Sevilla.

Arsenal fans and spectators have also taken to social media as they reacted to the painful injury suffered by the Gunners' winger.

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 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.

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

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