Arsenal news: Petr Cech admitted Danny Welbeck’s injury was “not nice to see” (Pic: GETTY)
Welbeck appeared to suffer a serious ankle injury in the first half of the Gunners’ goalless Europa League draw against Sporting Lisbon.He landed awkwardly after attempting to win a header and required oxygen before being carried off on a stretcher.To make matter worse for Arsenal, Stephan Lichtsteiner also limped off after appearing to pull his hamstring.Speaking after the final whistle, Cech said: “Danny’s looked like a serious injury which is not nice to see and our thoughts are with him and also Stephan.”
Arsenal remain top of Group E but the draw means they have lost their 100 per cent record.FK Qarabag’s win at Vorskla Poltava means the Gunners have qualified for the last-32 stage.They are three points ahead of Sporting Lisbon, and Cech is determined to top the group.”They defended really well and we created half chances,” he said.
Arsenal news: Danny Welbeck suffered a nasty-looking ankle injury (Pic: PA)
“We had a lot of possession. We did well to control the game and play well at the back and they didn’t have a lot of chances. it took us a while to open them up and this is the kind of game where you need to score. It’s disappointing not to score as we wanted to guarantee top spot.”At half-time we knew we were doing good, we just need to push for the goal and maintain intensity. We had some good chances in the second half and close calls but unfortunately we couldn’t put it in the back of the net. We take the points and qualification for the next round.“It was down to them working well, they were very organised and have very good players so you have to control our emotion, and we lacked a little bit of the killer pass.
Arsenal news: Danny Welbeck suffered the injury in the first half (Pic: PA)
“We know we need to switch back to the Premier League and then we look to finish the job in Ukraine.“It is tough when you are the favourites in the group and everyone plays with extra motivation against you.”Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Sunday against Wolves.