Having lost to Manchester City on Wednesday, Arsenal succumbed to another Premier League defeat on Saturday, this time by 2-1 at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion. They took the lead through a great effort from Nicolas Pepe in the 68th minute, only to see it cancelled out by the Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk in the 75th, and then overturned completely by Neal Maupay at the death.
But five minutes before halftime, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was forced to replace goalkeeper Bernd Leno with Emiliano Martinez, after Maupay bumped into Leno in a rather reckless way. Maupay got off without a card from referee Martin Atkinson, but Arsenal players were not so quick to forgive the Brighton forward.
It seems Matteo Guendouzi was particularly loud in Maupay’s ear. His frustration could have only gone higher when Maupay scored in the final minute, and after the final whistle, the Arsenal midfielder grabbed Maupay by the throat from behind, which resulted in a heated argument between the two sets of players. And if Maupay can consider himself lucky for what happened in the 40th minute, Guendouzi can too for not picking up a post-match red card.
Here’s what Maupay had to say about the whole issue.
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