Arsenal boss Unai Emery believes Danny Welbeck's injury affected his players

Lynette Rowe
November 9, 2018

Welbeck's Arsenal teammates looked visibly distressed as they watched the forward getting treated and took turns shaking his hand as he was carried off the pitch.

"The objective is for him to come back to us and grow up with us after this experience". "We think [they are] serious injuries. We don't want it, but this is our profession". He is a very good person, his commitment to us is very big. He helps us with his quality and capacity.

Welbeck's England and former Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard also sent his best wishes through Twitter, saying "Get well soon brother".

A heavily changed Arsenal side were unable to break down a dogged Sporting team, who were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when defender Jeremy Mathieu fouled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he raced towards the area. His injury was hard also for the mentality of the players because they looked at the big injury, but when you are playing football in competitive matches it can happen.

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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 point isn't enough for us but at the moment our target is to be first in this group", he said.

Numerous fans had differing reactions to how the game went on social media, with some just pleased that they have qualified for the latter stages, whilst others were disappointed with the performances from some of their players. In our game plan we know we had to be rigorous and they were nearly ideal on that.

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