Arsenal’s Champions League run ended in injury and heartbreak in Monday’s 3-2 semifinal loss to Wolfsburg.
The Gunners, who already have lost three players to ACL tears this season, saw defender Laura Wienroither stretchered off late in the second half with an apparent knee injury. And despite the raucous crowd of 60,063 at Emirates Stadium, a record for a Champions League match in England, they conceded the winning goal in the 119th minute of extra time.
Wolfsburg clinched the match and the 5-4 aggregate win on a cross off the foot of Pauline Bremer. The club also received a boost from the return of Alexandra Popp, who missed the first leg of the semifinal with a calf injury but scored off a header in the second leg.
Injury luck, though, has not been on Arsenal’s side this season. Beth Mead, Vivianne Miedema and Leah Williamson all have suffered ACL tears this season. Team captain Kim Little sustained a season-ending hamstring injury in the Champions League quarterfinal, and Caitlin Foord injured her hamstring earlier in April.
Wienroither added her own name to the growing injury list Monday. She entered the match in the 64th minute and exited 18 minutes later on a stretcher.
Arsenal's Laura Wienroither gets stretchered out due to an injury but given a standing ovation by the Emirates crowd 💪WATCH #UWCL LIVE NOW ⬇️🇬🇧 https://t.co/KODI5SW6Zn🇩🇪 https://t.co/sRzmGRnESd pic.twitter.com/JyjUAHBW3b— DAZN Football (@DAZNFootball) May 1, 2023
Arsenal's Laura Wienroither gets stretchered out due to an injury but given a standing ovation by the Emirates crowd 💪WATCH #UWCL LIVE NOW ⬇️🇬🇧 https://t.co/KODI5SW6Zn🇩🇪 https://t.co/sRzmGRnESd pic.twitter.com/JyjUAHBW3b
The loss ends Arsenal’s bid for the Champions League trophy, but the club remains in the running for the Women’s Super League title. With 38 points, the Gunners sit nine points back of first-place Manchester United with five matches left to play.