Unai Emery fears that Danny Welbeck has broken something in his ankle after the England international was taken to hospital following a bad landing in the first half of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon.
The striker, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has already overcome two ACL injuries during his four years at the Gunners but the timing of this latest problem now casts a shadow over his future at the Emirates.
After the game, which saw the Gunners qualify for the Europa League knockout stages, Emery sounded very downcast about the situation.
“This is the worst news tonight,” the Spaniard told the Evening Standard.
“We think it’s serious. He was working well, doing a good match. He had chances.
“His injury also affect the mentality of the players. When you are playing football, playing competitive matches, it can happen. We don’t want that. This is our profession.
He added: “Every player at the pitch looks at this injury. The first thought in your mind is for the player.
“The players were concentrated on the match, we forgot the injury, but the first thing after the match was to ask for him.
“Every injury is different. He has broken something in his ankle. It is a different injury than another.”
We can only wish Danny all the best and a speedy recovery.