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Former Arsenal man believes it would be a ‘magnificent gesture’ after the striker suffered a suspected broken ankle in the Europa League on Thursday night

The England striker is out of contract with the Gunners in the summer, but he could now be out for the rest of the season after suffering a suspected broken ankle.

Welbeck left the pitch on a stretcher wearing a protective boot and was rushed to hospital having landed awkwardly during the Gunners’ 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon.

The result saw Arsenal progress to the knock-out stages of the competition, but the mood on the night was tempered by Welbeck’s sickening injury.

Manager Unai Emery confirmed following the match the forward’s problem is ‘very serious’.

And ex-Gunner Groves believes it would be a ‘magnificent gesture’ if Arsenal offered Welbeck a one-year contract extension to ensure he undergoes his injury rehabilitation with the club.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday, the former winger said: “I think Arsenal should come out now and say they’re going to give him a contract extension.

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