Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang On Bench - Arsenal Team vs Sporting Lisbon Confirmed

Paola Ditto
Novembre 9, 2018

Just as he was picking up some form under new Arsenal boss Unai Emery, the forward suffered what looked to be a devastating ankle injury, although the full extent of it is yet to be confirmed.

Arsenal also saw defender Stephan Lichtsteiner depart with an injury with 16 minutes remaining, and Emery hopes that is not as serious as Welbeck's problem.

Welbeck collapsed in pain after a collision in the Sporting penalty area 25 minutes into the game at the Emirates and immediately waved for medical attention as he writhed on the ground.

'He has been taking to hospital.

He deservedly received a call up to Gareth Southgate's England squad this afternoon but after what looks like a serious injury against Sporting CP tonight, it looks like he will be out for a long spell. We are going to wait, ' Emery said.

"But when he had the injury we needed to play with a right-back which was the reason we played with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]".

He added: "He's always encouraging me to be positive with the ball, always encouraging me to work hard off the ball for my team as well".

The 6-foot winger has been a revelation since leaving Angers for Lille in 2017, scoring 14 goals in all competitions last season before playing a starring role this term.

However, with Welbeck out of contract at the end of the season, it could be the last time he plays for the club.

"It's a very big injury for him, for us, for all people who like and love him as a person". He's helped us with his behaviour, with his quality and his capacity.

He will hope he did enough in that game to merit a spot at leading the line when Sporting arrive at the Emirates, on what is a big night for both teams.

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