Arsenal player ratings from draw with Sporting Lisbon

Danny Welbeck suffered a gruesome-looking ankle injury as Arsenal’s qualification for the Europa League knockout phase came at a price.

A goalless draw was enough to see the Gunners through from Group E with Qarabag beating Vorskla in Ukraine.

But the result was overshadowed by the injury Welbeck suffered shortly before the half-hour mark when his right ankle appeared to get caught in the turf as he headed for goal.

The 27-year-old, called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the forthcoming friendly against the USA and Nations League clash with Croatia just six hours before kick-off, was given oxygen by club medics before being carried him off on a stretcher, with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang coming on as a replacement.

Team-mate Matteo Guendouzi was close to tears at the sight of Welbeck’s injury, while his former Manchester United pal Nani, the Sporting captain, was quick to offer his condolences.

Welbeck is out of contract in the summer and if the injury is as bad as it first looked then he could even have played his final game for Arsenal .

Here are Tom Hopkinson’s player ratings.


Arsenal

Cech 6 — Quiet night for the keeper, he was barely called into action.

Lichsteiner 7 — Dealt well with Nani’s pace and showed his vast experience.

Papastathopoulos 7 — Assured and experienced head in games like these.

Holding 7 — Solid throughout and produced an important block to deny Montero.


Jenkinson 6 — Given another hour he perhaps never thought he’d get at Arsenal. Didn’t look out of place.

Mkhitaryan 6 — Created a good chance for Aubameyang but didn’t cause Sporting enough problems.

Ramsey 6 — Worked hard defensively but didn’t offer too much going forwards.


Guendouzi 7 — Better first half than second but he gets more polished with every outing.

Iwobi 6 — Didn’t quite get into the game in an attacking sense but did well without the ball.

Smith-Rowe 6 — Some nice touches in both halves but didn’t get on the ball as often as he’d have liked.

Welbeck 6 — Given oxygen and carried off after suffering an ankle injury. Looked another bad one.

Subs

Aubameyang 6 (Welbeck, 29)

Kolasinac 6 (Jenkinson, 60)

Maitland-Niles 6 (Lichsteiner, 73)

Sporting

Ribeiro 6, Gaspar 6, Coates 7, Mathieu 6, Acuna 7, Bruno Fernandes 6, Gudelj 6, Miguel Luis 6 (Petrovic 84), Nani 6, Montero 6 (Dost 69, 6), Diaby 5 (Cabral 83)

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