Arsenal boss Unai Emery confirmed that forward Danny Welbeck was taken to hospital for further assessment on the ankle injury he suffered on Thursday night during his side’s 0-0 draw against Sporting Lisbon.
Welbeck landed awkwardly on the ground after trying to connect Lichtsteiner’s cross with his head. He was forced off on a stretcher and was taken straight to the hospital. Emery confirmed the injury was “serious” but the Gunners will wait to learn the full extent of the 27-year-old’s issue.
“The worst news tonight is these injuries. We think [they are] serious injuries. “He has been taken to the hospital. We are going to wait [for updates],” said Emery.
“Danny was working well. He is a very good person, his commitment to us is very big. This injury is very big for him, for us and for everyone,” he added.
The Gunners also suffered another injury blow as defender Stephan Lichtsteiner left the pitch injured with what looked like a hamstring injury.
“Lichtsteiner is muscular. We will know [more] about his injury tomorrow.”
The Gunners reached the last 32 because of Qarabag’s 1-0 win at Vorskla but they will have to wait until their next match – a trip to Vorskla on November 29 – for the chance to seal top spot in Group E.