Arsenal's Danny Welbeck suffers leg injury against Sporting

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Danny Welbeck's 77th-minute goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon in Portugal on 25 October

Danny Welbeck sustained a "significant" right ankle injury during Thursday's Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon, his club Arsenal have said.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool shoots as Bernd Leno of Arsenal makes a save during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Sokratis started the match- as the Islington Gazette revealed three hours before the game after speaking with a well-placed source.

Meanwhile, Carl Jenkinson and Emile Smith Rowe get another opportunity to impress.

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Given that Arsenal's goalless draw with Sporting Clube de Portugal was otherwise fairly routine, it was little wonder that Unai Emery's post-match press conference was dominated by questions about Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck is nearly certain to miss the rest of the season, along with pre-season.

It was the hosts that took the game to their opponents, and they were lucky to still be on level terms before half-time. His doesn't look as serious as Welbeck's, I think it's fair to say.

Mathieu nearly gifted Arsenal the lead as he diverted Matteo Guendouzi's low cross towards his own goal before the ball was swept away.

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Stephan Lichtsteiner played the ball into the 27-year-old in a crowded box.

His second opportunity saw the England global head straight at Renan Ribeiro, but the striker landed badly on his ankle and left the field on a stretcher.

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

A victory for Qarabag against Vorskla Poltava meant this 0-0 draw was enough to secure the Gunners' progress from Group E as Sporting had Jeremy Mathieu sent off late on for scything down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he burst through on goal.

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