ARSENAL WOMEN striker Vivianne Miedema was taken off a stretcher in tears after suffering a serious knee injury against Lyon.
The disastrous moment prevented the Gunners from securing their place in the Champions League quarter-finals despite a narrow 1-0 defeat by the French champions.
The game’s only goal came in added time at the end of the first half, when Danielle van de Donk’s shot was deflected into his own net by Frida Maanum.
However, that wasn’t the headline of the evening at Emirates Stadium.
Netherlands attacker Miedema, 26, went down clutching her knee after awkwardly falling while stretching for the ball just before the break.
She received treatment on the field and was eventually carried away on a stretcher in tears.
Her partner and teammate Beth Mead, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament last month, watched as Miedema was treated on the court and then escorted her through the tunnel.
The loss of the club’s two star strikers is a heavy double blow for the Gunners, who are due to play Zurich in their final Group C game next Wednesday.
After the game, Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall said: “I haven’t spoken to Vivianne or the doctor.
“Of course I’m very worried at the moment, but we had to stay focused throughout the game. I’m sorry I don’t have any update on this situation at all.
“We’re worried, but we’re super professional. We don’t let anything get us down.
“We stick to what we have to do in the game and that we go to Zurich and win and stay number one in the group. That’s important.”
Van de Donk, a compatriot and former Arsenal team-mate of Miedema, was also concerned during a brief half-time interview.
She said: “I’m very sad for her because you don’t wish that on anyone. It doesn’t look good so my thoughts are with her.”
Miedema has scored 114 goals in 132 games since joining the Gunners in 2017.
Widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, she will be a huge mistake for Arsenal, who are three points behind leaders Chelsea in the WSL table with a game in hand.
In the game against Lyon, Arsenal came into play to avoid a loss of at least four goals or more to reach the Champions League round of 16.
Lotte Wubben Moy almost put the hosts ahead from a corner kick in the 23rd minute after Caitlin Foord’s back pass went wide.
And Foord missed a chance to end Katie McCabe’s curled delivery just under fifteen minutes later.
A defensive error gave the visitors the lead just before half-time when Maanum unwittingly deflected the ball into his own net from a Van de Donk free-kick.
But the target looked like it was offside as Melvine Malard appeared to disrupt the game.
And then disaster struck when Miedema collapsed on the lawn and was subsequently towed away on a stretcher.
In the second half, centre-back Rafaelle Souza stepped in for Eidevall’s side after losing Miedema.
And Maanum narrowly missed a McCabe cross in the 60th minute, just after Eugenie Le Sommer fired a shot straight at Gunners keeper Manuela Zinsberger.
The hosts’ equalizer led to a feverish end to the game when Eidevall sent Zinsberger into the penalty area for the final corner.
But Lyon held on to claim a win that put them second in the group and level on points with the Gunners.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6928355/arsenal-women-vivianne-miedema-tears-knee-injury-lyon/ Arsenal Women’s star Vivianne Miedema was left in tears after suffering a worrying knee injury against Lyon