T his was another step forward for Unai Emery's Arsenal, but he certainly did not feel it. On a night when they completed their primary qualifying goal for the Europa League qualifying rounds, every feeling of triumph was nullified by a traumatic and serious injury to Danny Welbeck.
Arsenal believed that a victory would have been necessary to ensure qualification from the group stage, but the defeat of the Ukrainian team Vorskla Poltava of Qarabag meant that this isolated point, against a fiery sporting CP, was enough to see them pass. It is a combination of results that should ease the tension when it comes to European football for the rest of the year, but instead the loss of Welbeck ̵
The injury to Welbeck, which has clearly left several Arsenal players, has changed the mood of the Emirates and the tone of the performance. It was only at the end, when Sporting was reduced to 10 men, that Arsenal seemed really close to sealing a victory. Even then, they could not produce anything to bring the mind away from Welbeck and his agony.
The Welbeck injury was the decisive moment of a first half that Arsenal dominated despite the best efforts of the sportsmen, who were doing their best to do this looks like an away game for the side of Emery. The simple request for tickets in Lisbon led Arsenal to distribute away fans with a larger number of seats than usual, and the atmosphere was much more turbulent than Arsenal expected from their meetings in the Europa League.