Emery excited for Nelson's Arsenal return

Emery excited for Nelson's Arsenal return

Danny Welbeck faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a horrific looking ankle injury during Arsenal's Europa League game against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.

"He tells you exactly what he wants you to do, but gives you freedom to expose your talent". It's clear that we are with him in these minutes.

"He was working well and he was having a good match", said Emery.

After losing their opening two matches of the season, Arsenal have won 12 and drawn three of their 15 games in all competitions since, including a run of 11 straight victories between August and October. "We think [they are] serious injuries".

The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and Emery would not be drawn on whether Welbeck's future is at Arsenal. Every Portuguese team is very competitive and today their commitment in the defensive moments was big. "We are thinking how he can help us in the future".

Welbeck was taken to hospital during the second half of the game for an x-ray.

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

A heavily changed Arsenal side were unable to break down a dogged Sporting team, who were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when defender Jeremy Mathieu fouled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he raced towards the area.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown was in the BT Sport studio after the game and offered a very honest opinion on Aubameyang's current situation.

"The point isn't enough for us but at the moment our target is to be first in this group", he said. In our game plan we know we had to be rigorous and they were nearly flawless on that.