Iwobi reveals why Arsenal failed to beat SPorting Lisbon

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Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Sporting may have seen us extend our unbeaten run to 15 games and secure qualification to the knockout rounds of the Europa League but a drab game at the Emirates was overshadowed by a serious injury to Danny Welbeck.

The England international appears to have badly damaged his ankle and is likely facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

After the game, Iwobi spoke to BT Sport about the way the game played out.

On the result…

“We knew it was going to be tough as when we played them away it was not easy. It is a decent result but we have to keep the focus into the next games.”

On the way the game played out after Welbz’s injury…

“It is mentally challenging [playing on after a team-mate is badly injured] but sometimes it comes with the game, and Danny [Welbeck] has had a lot of injuries. We wish him the best and will keep on encouraging and motivating him to get back.”

On Sporting’s tactics…

“We have to give credit to Sporting and they were compact but we lacked a bit of composure, even from myself.”

On Jeremy Mathieu denying Aubameyang a clear goalscoring opportunity…

“It was sad as Pierre [Aubameyang] was through, but it was a smart challenge from [Jeremy] Mathieu and unfortunate for us as we weren’t able to get the goal. We will go again at Wolves which we know won’t be easy as they have started the season well.”

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