Welbeck has 'significant' ankle injury, Arsenal confirm

By Sports Desk November 09, 2018

Danny Welbeck suffered a "significant right ankle injury" during the goalless Europa League draw with Sporting CP on Thursday, Arsenal have confirmed.

England international Welbeck received oxygen on the pitch and was taken straight to hospital after landing awkwardly following a header during the first half at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are yet to confirm the exact nature of the issue, although it appears the forward is set to miss several months.

An Arsenal statement read: "Danny remains in hospital and will continue to be assessed. A further update will be issued over the next 72 hours."

The injury casts Welbeck's club future into further doubt, with the 27-year-old out of contract at the end of the season.

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    Arnautovic's agent, his brother Daniel, says the Austria international is considering a January exit and claims a host of top sides in England are monitoring his situation.

    "It's not that he really wants to leave, but we believe this is the moment in his career when he has to take a step forward and try to win a few trophies, maybe even the Champions League," he told gianlucadimarzio.com.

    "There are a lot of Premier League clubs tracking him. Chelsea and Everton, for example, but not only them."

    Daniel Arnautovic also suggested his client could be tempted back to Serie A, where he spent a brief period on loan with Inter in 2009-10.

    "Why not?" He said, when asked about a return to Italy. "He could prove that Inter weren't wrong to take a gamble. He was only 19 when he joined Inter and left many good friends behind there, along with fond memories of Milan."

    Speaking earlier, the Austria international told Kurier newspaper: "I'm 29, so at my best age. It's clear that I want to compete with the very best. But I fully trust my brother in such matters."

    His brother added that Arnautovic was ready for "the next step" in his career, even though he is happy with life at London Stadium.

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