Breaking: Unai Emery reveals Danny Welbeck return date

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Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery to repair the broken ankle he suffered last week.

Sportsmail revealed on Saturday the England international was set to go under the knife amid concerns he will miss the rest of the season after suffering the horrific injury in Thursday’s Europa League clash against Sporting Lisbon.

And in confirming Welbeck’s operation, Emery, who is understood to have visited the forward in hospital, admitted: ‘The ankle is broken, we will be without him for a long time.’

Medics are confident Welbeck will make a full recovery, though it is understood a second ankle procedure is not being ruled out.

Arsenal hope to have a more accurate timeframe for his recovery this week.

On Arsenal’s draw against Wolves, Emery said: ‘I am happy with every player because they worked with a good attitude.

‘We need to continue and to work better. We want to continue our way and carry on.’ His Wolves counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo praised the visitors’ performance, and their ability to contain Arsenal, following three consecutive defeats.

The promising Morgan Gibbs-White again impressed as a late substitute, hitting the crossbar in stoppage time, and the manager said: ‘We were defensively very solid, brave, created chances. It was a very good performance.

‘We had other chances. It was a good game; to come to such a difficult stadium and be able to say that we were winning until the end against a very good team in Arsenal says a lot, about how we are working, how we want to play. I’m very proud.

‘What enabled us to get those chances was our defending; we were very organised and didn’t allow Arsenal to play.

‘I was wanting and wishing for that (shot from Gibbs-White) to go in. It was the best decision. He brought energy, which is what we expect from all the changes we try.

‘We were looking for more speed because Arsenal were very high and there was a lot of space for us to exploit; we almost did it.’

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