Danny Welbeck Suffers A Truly Horrific Ankle Injury In Europa League

Steven Gerrard reacts angrily on the touchline

Welbeck was stretchered off in the first half having landed awkwardly on his ankle after an attempted header, with his teammates' reactions suggesting the injury was serious.

He required treatment on the pitch, including an oxygen mask and a leg brace, before he was taken off on a stretcher to be replaced by Aubameyang.

The 27-year-old has been troubled with knee problems in the past but has managed five goals in 16 appearances for the Gunners this term.

Rob Holding: "I didn't see it because obviously I'm at the other end of the pitch so I didn't see exactly what he'd done".

"Both sets of teams were mentally challenged and we were able to continue with the game, but like I said, we wish him all the best and we will keep on encouraging and motiving him to get back".

As Arsenal wait to find out the extent of the injury, Emery said his players were anxious about their team-mate after the final whistle following a likely serious injury.

But it was Welbeck's injury just before the half hour mark that was the main talking point from a largely forgettable Emirates Stadium encounter.

"This injury is very big for him, for us and for everyone".

"I think Arsenal should come out now and say they're going to give him a contract extension", he told talkSPORT.

The Arsenal forward is likely to learn today the extent of the suspected break to his right ankle suffered against Sporting Lisbon last night and how long he faces on the sidelines.

Welbeck may have suffered a "career ending" injury, according to medical expert Johnny Wilson.

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