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Welbeck injury oveshadows Arsenal reaching Europa League knockouts

Arsenal have reached the Europa League knockout phase, though with major injury concerns for Danny Welbeck.

The Gunners were held to a goalless draw by Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon at Emirates Stadium to join Chelsea in the next phase.

Sporting ended the game with 10 men when ex-Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu was shown a straight red card after fouling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was clean through, although the hosts could not find a winning goal.

But the fixture was overshadowed by the injury to England international Welbeck, who was carried off on a stretcher.

The 27-year-old was hurt in the 25th minute when he jumped for a header and landed badly on his right ankle.

He received oxygen and had his leg in a protective brace as he was taken off the pitch, with up to 10 medical staff around him as he received treatment.

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

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