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Arsenal 0-0 Sporting: Gunners secure place in last 32 as Welbeck forced off

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Danny Welbeck suffered a horrible-looking leg injury in Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Sporting CP in the Europa League on Thursday.

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Match Events

17' CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Welbeck almost scores

Arsenal switch things up as Guendouzi attacks down the right flank this time and space is equally easy to come by. He drills a low cross in towards the near post where Welbeck meets it with a back-heel, but Mathieu gets a slight block on it before Coates manages to clear it off the line!

30' Welbeck forced off on stretcher

Arsenal players were left looking on in distraught as Danny Welbeck was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a serious injury in their clash with Sporting Lisbon. The striker required an oxygen mask as he was treated on the pitch, with a leg brace also in place. The striker had landed awkwardly on his ankle while trying to attack a header.

46' CHANCE! Aubameyang's shot wide out

Aubameyang has scored four goals in three substitute appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season.

74' Lichtsteiner goes off injured

Lichtsteiner requires treatment after going down under no contact, appearing to tweak a hamstring. He's able to walk off under his own power eventually, which is hopefully a good sign regarding the severity of the injury.

Match Report

Arsenal booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages after a 0-0 draw with 10-man Sporting CP that was marred by an injury to Danny Welbeck.

The point – combined with Vorskla losing 1-0 to Qarabag – was enough to ensure a top-two place for the Gunners in Group E, but the performance left much to be desired.

A lack of fire power meant the few openings the Gunners were able to create went begging, while Sporting - who had Jeremy Mathieu sent off late on - offered even less in the final third.


Arsenal XI: Petr Cech, S. Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mkhitaryan, D. Welbeck, Ramsey, Carl Jenkinson, A. Iwobi, Holding, M. Guendouzi, E. Smith Rowe

Subs: Aubameyang, Mustafi, E. Martínez, Kolasinac, A.M Niles, L. Torreira, Nketiah

Sporting CP XI: Jeremy Mathieu, Nani, F. Montero, S. Coates, Nemanja Gudelj, Renan Ribeiro, Abdoulay Diaby, M. Acuña, B.Gaspar, Bruno Fernandes, Miguel Luís

Subs: R. Salin, Jefferson, R. Petrović, André Pinto, B. Dost, C.Mané, Jovane Cabral

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