TIt was another step forward for the Unai Emery Arsenal, but certainly did not feel like that. On an evening when they had completed their main target of qualification for the Europa League tie, any feeling of victory was damaged by a traumatic and severe injury to Danny Welbeck.
Arsenal had believed that there would be a need to win in order to guarantee their qualification from the group stage, but the removal of the Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava by Qarabag meant that this single point, against a dirty Sports CP, was enough to see . There is a combination of results that should have released the tension of European football for the rest of the year, but instead of losing Welbeck – and later injury to the back of Stephan Lichtsteiner – will let squad Emery feels stressed.
The injury to Welbeck, which left many Arsenal players was distressing, has changed the mood in the Emirates and the tone of performance. Only at the end, when Sports was reduced to 10 men, Arsenal looked close to sealing a victory. Even then, they can not produce anything that took the mind away from Welbeck and assaulted.
The injury from Welbeck was the definitive moment of the first half that led Arsenal despite the best efforts of Sports fans, who were doing their best to make this feel like a game off for Emery's side. The great demand for tickets in Lisbon led to Arsenal allocating fans away with a larger number of seats here, and the atmosphere was much more significantly than Arsenal had to expect in their games Europa League.