Twas another step forward for Arsenal Unai Emery, but he certainly did not feel this. On the night of finishing their main goal of qualifying for the league leagues for the European League, any sense of victory was invalid due to traumatic and serious injury to Danny Welbeck.
Arsenal believed that a victory would be needed in order to ensure their qualification from the group, but the defeat of the Ukrainian side by Vorskla Poltava by Qarabag meant that this isolated point against the fiery Sporting CP was sufficiently sufficient to see them. This is a combination of results that should ease the tension when it comes to European football by the end of the year, but instead of the loss of Welbeck – and subsequent damage to Stephen Lichtsteiner – Emery will feel the tension.
The Welbeck injury, which left many Arsenal players visibly upset, changed the mood on the Emirates and the tone of performance. Only in the end, when Sporting reduced to 10 men, Arsenal really came close to winning the victory. Even then, they could not create anything that would distract the mind from Welbeck and his agony.
Welbeck's injury was the first moment of the first half, which Arsenal dominated despite the best efforts of the Sporting fans who are trying to feel this as a visiting game for Emery's side. Arsenal attributed the strong demand for ticket tickets to Arsenal to hosts with more seats than the usual one, and the atmosphere was much more exciting than Arsenal had expected in their league leagues.