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Emery – We are all with Welbeck at this moment

Unai Emery was understandably in reflective mood after our draw with Sporting CP on Thursday night as he discussed the game and Danny Welbeck's injury.

Read on for a full transcript of our head coach's post-match press conference:

on Welbeck’s injury casting a shadow…
It’s the worst news tonight, this injury. It’s clear that we are with him in these minutes. He was working well and he was having a good match. He had some chances too. His injury was with the mentality of the players. They [saw] it was a big injury. When you are playing football, when you are playing in competitive matches, it can happen. You don’t want it to happen but this is our profession.

on Welbeck going to hospital…
Yes, now he is at the hospital. The news is that we are going to wait - but we think it’s a serious injury.

on mood in dressing room at half-time…
When one player has an injury like that, every player on the pitch they look at this injury. First it’s in your mind - you think for the player. But I think the players were concentrated on the match and we forgot this injury the next minute on the pitch. But when the match finishes, the first thing they did was ask for him.

on his assessment…
Sporting are a very big competitive team, and organised. We spoke before and at half-time. Every Portuguese team is very competitive and today their commitment in the defensive moments was big. We needed to be calm and to create chances to score, but it’s not easy on the pitch to make clear chances against them. I think this is the summary of the 90 minutes. It was difficult to create big chances against them. We created but it wasn’t enough to win tonight.

on if anyone has spoken to Welbeck…
No, no.

on if it’s an ankle injury…
It’s an ankle.

on how said it is to see Welbeck injured again…
Every injury is different. This [could] be a break of something in the ankle. It’s a different injury to others.

on if Sporting deserved a draw…
I think it’s the merit of them. They are a very competitive team, organised, and they worked very well. I’m happy for us also, because very player worked well with very good commitment. But it was a difficult game. We remember the match in Lisbon, it was also difficult. We won that and now we can say those three points away were very important for us. This point today isn’t enough for us but at the moment we are on target to be first in the group. We are first at the moment and we are going to continue on our way for that.

on if he’ll rest players for the remaining two games having qualified…
Our mind is to be first in the group. Then every match we want the best performance from every player. We want to use the players that we think [are right] for each match, and think about the next one. After this match, we think about Sunday’s game against Wolverhampton here, and continue to create our ideas. This match gave us a lot of information for continuing collectively and individually. Some players need to take responsibility and confidence. I think there were a lot of positives tonight.

on Lichtsteiner’s injury…
The Lichtsteiner injury changed our idea in the match. We wanted to bring on Eddie Nketiah and give him a chance. When Lichtsteiner had this injury, we had to play with a right back. For this reason, we played Ainsley, but for us it’s good for Ainsley to play these minutes because he needs that to take the confidence and our rhythm. We changed our idea tactically for the last 25 minutes [due to] the injury.

on if Welbeck’s future is here despite the injury…
He’s a very good person. His commitment with us is very big. He’s helped us with his behaviour, with his quality and his capacity. It’s a very big injury for him, for us, for all people who like and love him as a person.

on severity of Lichtsteiner’s injury…
It’s muscular. Tomorrow we will know better.

Copyright 2018 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

Arsene Wenger
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Emery – We are all with Welbeck at this moment

Unai Emery was understandably in reflective mood after our draw with Sporting CP on Thursday night as he discussed the game and Danny Welbeck's injury.

Read on for a full transcript of our head coach's post-match press conference:

on Welbeck’s injury casting a shadow…
It’s the worst news tonight, this injury. It’s clear that we are with him in these minutes. He was working well and he was having a good match. He had some chances too. His injury was with the mentality of the players. They [saw] it was a big injury. When you are playing football, when you are playing in competitive matches, it can happen. You don’t want it to happen but this is our profession.

on Welbeck going to hospital…
Yes, now he is at the hospital. The news is that we are going to wait - but we think it’s a serious injury.

on mood in dressing room at half-time…
When one player has an injury like that, every player on the pitch they look at this injury. First it’s in your mind - you think for the player. But I think the players were concentrated on the match and we forgot this injury the next minute on the pitch. But when the match finishes, the first thing they did was ask for him.

on his assessment…
Sporting are a very big competitive team, and organised. We spoke before and at half-time. Every Portuguese team is very competitive and today their commitment in the defensive moments was big. We needed to be calm and to create chances to score, but it’s not easy on the pitch to make clear chances against them. I think this is the summary of the 90 minutes. It was difficult to create big chances against them. We created but it wasn’t enough to win tonight.

on if anyone has spoken to Welbeck…
No, no.

on if it’s an ankle injury…
It’s an ankle.

on how said it is to see Welbeck injured again…
Every injury is different. This [could] be a break of something in the ankle. It’s a different injury to others.

on if Sporting deserved a draw…
I think it’s the merit of them. They are a very competitive team, organised, and they worked very well. I’m happy for us also, because very player worked well with very good commitment. But it was a difficult game. We remember the match in Lisbon, it was also difficult. We won that and now we can say those three points away were very important for us. This point today isn’t enough for us but at the moment we are on target to be first in the group. We are first at the moment and we are going to continue on our way for that.

on if he’ll rest players for the remaining two games having qualified…
Our mind is to be first in the group. Then every match we want the best performance from every player. We want to use the players that we think [are right] for each match, and think about the next one. After this match, we think about Sunday’s game against Wolverhampton here, and continue to create our ideas. This match gave us a lot of information for continuing collectively and individually. Some players need to take responsibility and confidence. I think there were a lot of positives tonight.

on Lichtsteiner’s injury…
The Lichtsteiner injury changed our idea in the match. We wanted to bring on Eddie Nketiah and give him a chance. When Lichtsteiner had this injury, we had to play with a right back. For this reason, we played Ainsley, but for us it’s good for Ainsley to play these minutes because he needs that to take the confidence and our rhythm. We changed our idea tactically for the last 25 minutes [due to] the injury.

on if Welbeck’s future is here despite the injury…
He’s a very good person. His commitment with us is very big. He’s helped us with his behaviour, with his quality and his capacity. It’s a very big injury for him, for us, for all people who like and love him as a person.

on severity of Lichtsteiner’s injury…
It’s muscular. Tomorrow we will know better.

Copyright 2018 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

Arsene Wenger
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Debutants score in England friendly win in Austria

England have only conceded two goals in eight matches

Debutants Chioma Ubogagu and Georgia Stanway both scored to help England women to a routine friendly win over Austria women in Vienna.

Substitute Rachel Daly added a third late on as a dominant England extended their unbeaten run to eight matches.

Boss Phil Neville named an inexperienced line-up and London-born Ubogagu, who represented the United States at under-23 level before choosing to play for England, slotted in from six yards after good work from England stand-in captain Toni Duggan.

Substitute Nikita Parris headed against the post shortly after coming on and then set up Manchester City team-mate Stanway, who shot into the roof of the net for the second.

Daly's goal sealed the victory when she flicked Karen Carney's strike into the net after another substitute, Chloe Kelly, had twice been denied.

Austria's best chance fell to Nicole Billa but Mary Earps pushed her 25-yard shot onto the post in the first half.

The result means Neville's side have only lost one of their 11 matches in 2018 - and that defeat came back in March with a 1-0 loss to world champions USA in the SheBelieves Cup.

Chioma Ubogagu plays her club football for Australian side Brisbane Roar, on loan from American team Orlando Pride

Captain Houghton left out to make Sunday a special day

Regular England captain Steph Houghton, who has played 99 times for her country, was not included in Vienna as Neville wanted her 100th cap to come at a home game.

The Lionesses are playing Sweden in a sold-out friendly in Rotherham on Sunday.

"She wanted to play but we told her no," said Neville earlier this week.

Houghton's absence meant Barcelona forward Duggan led England for the first time.

She could not find a goal but she was a constant threat and forced a good save from Zinsberger, hooked another effort wide and set up Ubogagu for her goal.

These are England's final friendly matches before the draw for the 2019 Women's World Cup, which takes place on 8 December.

The tournament will be held in France between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with Neville hoping to go further than the Lionesses managed last time out, when they finished third in Canada in 2015.


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Prutton’s EFL predictions

David Prutton

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Last Updated: 08/11/18 7:38pm

David Prutton returns with his Sky Bet EFL predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures, but who is he tipping for victory?

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday, Fri 7.45pm - Live on Sky Sports Football

What a game we have in store at Bramall Lane! It looked until a couple of weeks ago like these two sides could both be competing in the top six, but Sheffield Wednesday have slipped off badly with four straight defeats.

United have dipped a little lately as well, winning just one of their last four games, but they are still well in the thick of the promotion battle and would love to pile more misery upon their big rivals. I have a feeling it will be close, but I've got to go for a home win.

Prutton predicts: 3-2 (28/1 with Sky Bet)

Sheff Utd vs Sheff Wed

November 9, 2018, 7:00pm

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West Brom v Leeds, Sat 5.30pm - Live on Sky Sports Football

On paper this is a heavyweight clash between two sides vying for automatic promotion this season, but West Brom have gone right off the boil in their last few games. The goals have dried up and they have slipped out of the top six.

Leeds are top heading into the weekend but, chances, are, they will not be there by kick-off at The Hawthorns. I fancy them to be back on top by the end of the day on Saturday though. Away win.

Prutton predicts: 1-3 (20/1 with Sky Bet)

W Brom vs Leeds

November 10, 2018, 5:15pm

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Derby v Aston Villa, Sat 3pm

You worried a little for Derby when they fell behind against Birmingham last weekend. Had they run out of steam after such a demanding run of fixtures? They answered that emphatically.

Aston Villa put in one of their best performances of the season against Bolton and you can certainly see some improvements being made under Dean Smith. This is a really tough trip for them, however. Rams win for me.

Prutton predicts: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

2:38 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Birmingham

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Birmingham

Nottingham Forest v Stoke, Sat 3pm

Nottingham Forest have found their way into the top six after a great recent run that has been inspired by the goals of Lewis Grabban.

Stoke would love to have a striker that prolific at their disposal, but it has not quite happened for Benik Afobe so far. Gary Rowett's side have tightened up defensively of late, though, and I cannot split these two. Score draw.

Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

1:17 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United

QPR v Brentford, Sat 3pm

Considering the way these two sides started this season it's incredible to think that QPR are above Brentford in the table heading into this west London derby!

Full credit to Steve McClaren for the way he has silenced the doubters lately, while in the opposition dugout there is Thomas Frank, who would have been hugely relieved himself to get a first win last week. I do, however, fancy QPR to edge this one.

Prutton predicts: 2-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)

1:04 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Millwall

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Millwall

Reading v Ipswich, Sat 3pm

What a big win that was for Reading and Paul Clement against Bristol City last week. To get pegged back twice but still win the game showed terrific levels of resolve that they haven't shown in the past this season.

Paul Lambert looked like he was heading for a win in his first game against Preston last week before those late Paul Gallagher heroics! This is another big chance for him to get off the mark but I think the Royals will claim three points here.

Prutton predicts: 2-0 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

2:39 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Bristol City

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Bristol City

Prutton's other predictions (All Saturday 3pm kick-off)

Birmingham v Hull: 1-0 (11/2)

Blackburn v Rotherham: 2-0 (13/2)

Bolton v Swansea: 0-2 (17/2)

Bristol City v Preston: 2-2 (14/1)

Middlesbrough v Wigan: 1-0 (5/1)

Norwich v Millwall: 3-1 (14/1)

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WATCH: Reach’s rockets

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday is live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm on Friday night.

Last Updated: 08/11/18 6:56pm

1:57 Adam Reach talks through the wonder goals he has scored for Sheffield Wednesday this season

Adam Reach talks through the wonder goals he has scored for Sheffield Wednesday this season

Sheffield Wedesday midfielder Adam Reach sat down to discuss his best goals from this season ahead of the Steel City derby.

Reach has hit several incredible goals already this season, and he talked through his three most recent hits, which all came live on Sky Sports Football.

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Against Leeds - Friday, September 28

"It was extra special because it was live on Sky against our rivals! There wasn't much going through my mind when the throw-in went up, but I knew Steven [Fletcher] was going to flick it inside," said Reach.

"I had been quite frustrated up until that point in the game because I hadn't seen much of the ball. But it bounced up nicely and I just decided to have a crack with my left foot and I knew as soon as I hit it that it was in. It was a great strike."

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Against West Brom - Wednesday, October 3

"The West Brom one came in the next game. Josh [Onomah] did really well in the corner, he came back out and played it to me and even before I got the ball I knew I wanted to take a touch and just hit it. I think it was the exact same patch of grass from the Leeds one and I think it was my best goal of all of them.

"As soon as it left my foot it seemed to pick up speed as it went and before I knew it it was in the back of the net. It was another Sky game and another good performance from us, but we ended up drawing the game which was disappointing."

Against Middlesbrough

"Again it was on TV! And again it was against a top side. I was never looking to prove anything against them. I had a really nice time at Middlesbrough and it was the right move for everyone.

"It was a very special goal and it was with my right foot, which doesn't happen too often! But one again it came in a negative result for us, so it takes the gloss off a bit."

Watch the video at the top of the page to see Adam Reach talk through his incredible strikes for Sheffield Wednesday

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