The sight of Jack Wilshere coming off injured had many Arsenal fans fearing the worst on Wednesday night and Arsene Wenger after the match confirmed the English man sustained an injury.
Alexandre Lacazette came closest for Arsenal while former Gunner Cesc Fabregas had a good chance saved by David Ospina. However, neither side could make the breakthrough and the tie was all-square ahead of the second leg in two weeks at the Emirates.
Jack Wilshere's recent rejuvenation and return to fitness was
rewarded with the captain's armband for this match. Sadly, after a performance which illustrated Wilshere's growing confidence and authority, it ended with the familiar sight of him limping off through injury midway through the second half.
He stretched to block an attempted long pass from Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater which struck him on the foot, seeming to twist his ankle.
Confirming Wilshere's injury after the game, Wenger said: "He has an ankle sprain and the first look at it was not too bad, but of course for Sunday I think he will be short.
"I do not know how long he will be out. It is a shame to lose him when he is such good form and it was by blocking the shot that turned his ankle and it’s his good ankle so I am quite positive. It’s a ligament." Wemger
told Arsenal's website
The England midfielder has started seven of Arsenal's last nine games and his elevation to the captaincy was warmly greeted by Gunners fans, who always reserve special affection
for the 26-year-old, on social media.
Wilshere was relishing his responsibility, pointing team-mates into position and directing operations from midfield, when a freak incident appeared to cause his latest problem.