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Welbeck hospitalised after 'serious' ankle injury, Emery confirms

Welbeck hospitalised after 'serious' ankle injury, Emery confirms

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "It's basically a family and we're all fighting for each other, not just for the manager and the players, but also for the fans".

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.

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.

"We are working from game to game to understand it better". He helps us with his quality and capacity.

"But when he had the injury we needed to play with a right-back which was the reason we played with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]". "You can see on the pitch people know where they need to run, where they need to press, you can see the difference already".

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"Then the players concentrated on the match and we forgot".

The incident seemed to affect both sets of players for the rest of the game, with little in the way of goalscoring opportunities.

The game only really opened up in the 88th minute when Jeremy Mathieu was shown a straight red for a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the striker raced through on goal. "But we want tomorrow to give a big match with our personality".

But Arsenal could not take advantage as Aubameyang blasted the resulting free-kick well over the crossbar. But when the match finishes, the first thing they did was ask for him.

Unai Emery made plenty of changes from the side that drew with Liverpool on Saturday evening with Welbeck among those recalled as the England global replaced Alexandre Lacazette up front against the Portuguese giants tonight.