Danny Welbeck suffers from a horror ankle injury that shakes Arsenal teammates when he is eliminated on a stretcher during the Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon
- Danny Welbeck sustained an ankle injury when he attacked a cross in the 25th minute
- Striker tried to hit the ball before he landed awkwardly on his ankle
- Teammates including Mateo Guendouzi looked with great concern at the injury
- Welbeck was treated for five minutes before he left for the applause of the crowd
Dan Ripley for MailOnline
Arsenal players continued to watch despondently while Danny Welbeck was taken off the pitch after a serious injury in their clash with Sporting Lisbon.
The striker was quickly followed by Arsenal medics and treated on the field, with an oxygen mask administered and a leg brace in place.
The striker had landed awkwardly on his ankle while trying to attack a header.
Danny Welbeck watches as he is taken on a stretcher at the Emirates Stadium
Welbeck's ankle was caught under his leg after he had attacked a cross with a head
Teammates looked shocked at the extent of the injury, with Mateo Guendouzi visibly upset by holding both hands on his face while Welbeck was being treated.
When the seriousness of the injury quickly became apparent, the Emirates Stadium fell awkward when medical teams paid due attention to attending Welbeck.
The striker dropped five minutes into the Sporting Lisbon box before he was carefully placed on a stretcher and carried to his name by supporters of the club who also cheered him.
Welbeck ends up on his right only in an uncomfortable way after he has attacked a cross in the box
The attacker of Arsenal had tried to make contact with a header in a fight with a Sporting defender
Welbeck fell into another defender shortly after his painful impact on the turf
While he held his right leg, the Arsenal assassin rolled into pain after the injury
Arsenal doctors quickly came to the field to assist the painful striker
Mateo Guendouzi looks worried while Welbeck is being treated for his ankle injury
Welbeck managed to exchange handshakes of support with teammates when he left, but there are now fears that the nature of the injury may exclude him in the long term.
The incident occurred in the 25th minute when Welbeck shot from the post to attack a central cross by Stephan Lichtsteiner on the right.
Although he made contact with his leader, the fight with a Sporting defender saw him awkwardly on the ankle lands, causing him to panic.
Almost immediately Sporting keeper Renan Ribeiro saw the nature of the injury, pointing at the striker to bring the game to a standstill.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaced Welbeck in the tie of the Europa League, which allows Arsenal to seal the progression to the 32 rounds when they win at the Emirates Stadium.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan in support of Welbeck shakes his hands when he leaves on a stretcher
Involved fans of Arsenal watch as Welbeck is taken off the tunnel on a stretcher
Arsenal supporters applauded and chanted the name of Welbeck when he left the field flat