Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed Danny Welbeck has had surgery on a broken ankle on Friday and will face a long time on the sidelines.

The England international suffered the injury during the Gunners’ goalless draw with Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League group stage clash in midweek and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

“His injury is a big injury. We spoke with him yesterday and today. We support him with our personal relationship between the player and the staff. I think he will not come to us for a long time,” Emery told reporters.

“He had an operation on Friday. It’s a big injury but the outcome (on whether he can return this season) the doctor can answer that better than me.”

The Spanish manager has also revealed his reactions on his side’s performance against Wolverhampton the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The Spaniard said: “In the 90 minutes tactically, it’s enough for a win. When we were drawing, we continued taking risks because we wanted to win but also conceded some chances for them.”

“We finished not happy with this point but we also recognised their work.”

“The team played with character and we had chances to draw before our goal. We also continued to look for ways to create and to win the game but then we drew. In the last five or 10 minutes, we had the same idea with the risk but also thinking to win.”

“Maybe (starting slow is) one thing we can improve but that comes naturally in our work.”

“We knew that we needed the goalkeeper with his performance when we are taking risks in our attacking moments. His performance was good for us.”

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