The ankle injury picked up by Danny Welbeck was the main talking point of Arsenal’s goalless Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday evening, and it doesn’t look good for the England forward.
Welbeck landed awkwardly on his right ankle after jumping for a header in the 25th minute of the game at the Emirates Stadium, and he was replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Gunners boss Unai Emery confirmed that the England man is set for a long layoff.
“It is the worst news tonight, this injury,” said the Spaniard after the game.
“We think it is serious. Every injury it is different and he broke something in the ankle.
“The best for him now to think for the person. He is a very good person.
“He is committed every day and helps us with his behaviour, quality and capacity. This is very big injury for him, for us for all, for people who love him like a person.”
Welbeck received well wishes from around the football world following the blow, notably from his teammate Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as Gary Neville, who he briefly played alongside at Manchester United.
Ozil tweeted “Oh no… get well soon Danny,” with Neville simply adding a heart emoji to his tweet.
But the most heartfelt message came from former Gunners star Santi Cazorla, who suffered with huge injury issues during the latter years of his Arsenal career.
Cazorla left Arsenal for Villarreal in the summer, but the Spaniard showed that his heart is still very much at the Emirates and indeed with Welbeck.
Alongside a picture of Welbeck, he wrote on Instagram: “Get well soon my friend Danny Welbeck.
“These are the worst things in football but I know you are strong and you will come back, you deserve the best. My man.”
The initial suggestions are that Welbeck will miss the rest of the season.