Fans took to slam Matteo Guendouzi after he puts his hand around Neal Maupay’s throat in an end of game spat at the Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls striker was targeted by Gunners players as they clashed on the pitch after Brighton came out victorious with a 2-1 Premier League win over the Gunners.
Late on in the game, Guendouzi could be seen sticking out his fist as the Seagulls striker ran past him, prompting Maupay to drop to the ground theatrically.
Moments later, the referee called blew the whistle on the game, as players from both teams clashed on the pitch, which at the time saw Sky Sports play out the booing crowd noise.
Guendouzi then appeared to put his hands around the throat of the Frenchman before Sead Kolasinac got involved.
— Peter Bellamy ?? (@peterbellamy) June 20, 2020
Officials quickly got the situation under control, but Arsenal players were left furious with Maupay for the incident involving himself and Bernd Leno, with the shop-stopper suffering a first half injury.
The keeper fell awkwardly on his leg after jumping to catch a floating ball into the box before then being challenged in the air by oncoming striker Maupay.
Leno’s leg buckled from under him as he landed on the ground, and he was forced off the pitch on a stretcher to receive treatment.
As he was carried off, he sat up, pointed and shouted at Maupay, blaming him for the injury, as you can see in the video going viral below…
Video: Bernd Leno looks furious with Brighton striker Neal Maupay, who’s challenge injured the goalkeeper which forced him to be stretchered off the pitch. You tell him, Bernd! #afc pic.twitter.com/YHOY7GDbuR
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) June 20, 2020
At half time on BT Sport Rio Ferdinand said: “You can’t blame Maupay for that, it’s a contact sport. It’s a foul but it’s not malicious nor excessive force, come on.”
Peter Crouch added: “I think he’s left a bit on him there. I have been in that position myself where I’ve been a bit frustrated. He’s been a bit naughty there.”
After the match, Maupay chose to apologise to Leno.
He said: “I never meant to injure him so I’m really sorry for him and wish him a speedy recovery, but Arsenal players need to learn humility. They got what they deserved.”
Speaking after the game, Mikel Arteta said Leno’s injury “doesn’t look good” but does not believe Maupay deliberately intended to injure the German keeper.
“I always believe players don’t have intention to injure people and I am sure he did not intend to do that,” added the Spaniard, whose side are now eight points off a top-four spot with eight games remaining.
Brighton’s much needed win means they are now five points above the Premier League bottom three, however Bournemouth, Aston Villa and West Ham have a game in hand.
Fans were left outraged after Guendouzi puts his hand around Maupay’s throat in an end of game spat…
Guendouzi is everything that’s wrong with modern day footballers. Precious, moaning constantly, likes a little sly dig if he thinks he can get away with it. Type of player that makes me glad I watch lower league team with honest pros working hard to pay the bills and survive
— Mancgas (@mancgas) June 20, 2020
That has to be a retrospective ban!
— Spurs Logic (@ItsSpursLogic) June 20, 2020
Maupay never meant to injure Leno. Sort of challenge that happens every game, just bad luck in this case. Arsenal players are only reacting like that because they lost. Petulance.
— ≋J≋ (@DoPradista) June 20, 2020
Guendouzi is the biggest wallad I’ve seen in a long time
— x (@xjcdawg) June 20, 2020
Why wasn’t a red card shown
Sure the ref is able to show one even thought the game ended
— Alex (@alexcoys2020) June 20, 2020
try playing football better instead of fighting
— E. (@EzekielElijahJ1) June 20, 2020
“Leadership material” the “man” is a child and he needs to fix his attitude if he’s ever to have a place here
— SmArteta (@MrMiste54964024) June 20, 2020