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Iwobi - We just have to encourage Danny now

Welbeck and Iwobi

Danny Welbeck's injury cast a dark shadow over our Europa League clash against Sporting CP on Thursday evening.

Afterwards, Alex Iwobi spoke to the media and admitted it had been tough to focus after seeing his team-mate in such obvious distress.

This is what he said:

on how difficult the game was…
We knew it was going to be tough considering we played them away and it wasn’t easy, so we expected a difficult game again. Unfortunately we created a lot of chances and we thought we’d go on to win the game, but it’s still a decent result and we need to remain focused going into the next two games. 

on Welbeck’s injury… 
It’s very challenging mentally, but sometimes it comes in the game and there’s been a lot of injuries, and unfortunately for Danny he’s had a few so we’re going to wish him the best. Both sets of teams were mentally challenged and we were able to continue with the game, but like I said, we wish him all the best and we will keep on encouraging and motiving him to get back. 

on what was missing in the final third… 
We have to give credit to Sporting because they were very compact and they made it difficult for us, but maybe that composure was lacking a bit today. 

on the red card after Aubameyang found himself through on goal…
It’s a bit sad, especially when you’re seeing Pierre running and he’s so fast that we knew he was going to get there, but I guess it was a smart challenge from Mathieu, but it was unfortunate for us and we were unable to get the goal. 

on Wolves at the weekend and aiming to finish top of the group…
We will go again and start analysing Wolves and that’s not going to be an easy game because they’ve been doing well this season, so onto the next one. 

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