Arsenal held at home by Sporting

Danny Welbeck

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

Arsenal forward Welbeck was taken off on a stretcher and given oxygen in the 25th minute after landing awkwardly when jumping for a header only hours after being named in the England squad for their next internationals.

Arsenal drew 0-0 against Sporting Lisbon in a scrappy match that will only be remembered for a serious injury to Danny Welbeck. They [saw] it was a big injury. First it's in your mind - you think for the player.

Despite receiving limited playing time in the Premier League this season, Welbeck had registered five goals in 12 games for the Gunners.

"His commitment with us is very big". We'll have to wait for updates from Unai Emery after the game but let's pray it's not as serious as it seemed on TV. He's helped us with his behaviour, with his quality and his capacity.

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The verde e brancos might be third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, but they sacked boss Jose Peseiro last week after they lost 2-1 at home to second-tier side Estoril in the League Cup, with Dutchman Marcel Keizer, a former Ajax manager, set to replace him.

"When we have the ball, we're all offensive players. We don't want it, but this is our profession".

The 27-year-old has been riddled with fitness problems since joining the Gunners from Manchester United for a fee of £16million four years ago.

"But when he had the injury we needed to play with a right-back which was the reason we played with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]".

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