Arsenal held at home by Sporting

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2018

However, Welbeck's night was over soon after as the striker went down in a heap after challenging for a header midway through the first half and he immediately called for the Arsenal medical team.

Arsenal also saw defender Stephan Lichtsteiner depart with an injury with 16 minutes remaining, and Emery hopes that is not as serious as Welbeck's problem. It's clear that we are with him in these minutes. "He had some chances too".

"But when he had the injury we needed to play with a right-back which was the reason we played with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]". They saw it was a big injury. But when you are playing football in competitive matches it can happen'. "We don't want it, but this is our profession".

"Now he is at the hospital".

And while Nelson may not be a ready-made replacement for Welbeck, Emery says he is keeping a keen eye on his progress.

Welbeck was making his sixth start under Emery this season and was being linked with a January move.

"His commitment with us is very big". He helps us with his quality and capacity.

"Unai's very intense in training and he's demanding because he knows how good we are".

Some of his team-mates were also visibly affected by the incident.

If Sporting CP is able to snap Arsenal's unbeaten streak, it would pull level atop the group on points, making for a more dramatic run-in over the final two matches.

He added: "Our mind is to be first in the group".

"He's always talking to them and if it's not him then it's his assistants, the other coaches talking to me, showing me different clips, analysing my game, analysing opponents as well". In our game plan we know we had to be rigorous and they were nearly ideal on that.

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