Arsenal secured passage to the round of 32 of the Europa League on Thursday following a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon.
A victory for Qarabag against Vorskla Poltava meant the draw was enough to secure the Gunners’ progress from Group E as Sporting had Jeremy Mathieu sent off late on for bringing down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he burst through on goal.
But it was Welbeck’s injury just before the half hour mark that was the main talking point from a largely forgettable Emirates Stadium encounter.
He was carried off the pitch following an awkward landing after he had beaten Sporting defender Bruno Gaspar to a header and it was clear he was in need of help.
The incident had an impact on the Gunners as they slowed a bit but Welbeck’s replacement Aubameyang hit the crossbar as the visitors offered very little in terms of an attacking threat.
But a 15th game unbeaten for Unai Emery’s side at least assured them of European football after the turn of the year with two group matches left to seal top spot.