Alex Iwobi described having to play on after Danny Welbeck’s injury last night as ‘mentally challenging’, and Unai Emery believes the seriousness of it did affect his players although he also said it’s part of football and something they have to deal with.
The Gunners qualified for the knockout rounds with the 0-0 draw, but the performance didn’t hit the heights and the team failed to score for the first time since the 2-0 defeat to Man City on the opening day of the season.
Speaking afterwards, Emery explained, “When one player has an injury like that, every player on the pitch they look at this injury.
“First it’s in your mind, you think for the player. But I think the players were concentrated on the match and we forgot this injury the next minute on the pitch, but when the match finishes, the first thing they did was ask for him.”
As for the injury itself, a full diagnosis has yet to be made, but the Spaniard’s thoughts were with a player who has suffered two very serious injuries in the past which he’s worked so hard to overcome.
“It’s the worst news tonight, this injury,” said the Arsenal boss. “It’s clear that we are with him in these minutes.
“He was working well and he was having a good match. He had some chances too. His injury was with the mentality of the players. They [saw] it was a big injury.
“When you are playing football, when you are playing in competitive matches, it can happen.
“You don’t want it to happen but this is our profession.”