Brighton’s Neal Maupay apologises to Arsenal’s Bernd Leno but says Gunners must ‘learn humility’
Brighton match-winner Neal Maupay has apologised for his part in Bernd Leno’s injury but says Arsenal players need to “learn humility”.
The Frenchman scored deep into injury-time to complete a remarkable comeback and seal a 2-1 win for relegation-threatened Brighton – their first victory of 2020.
However, he had earlier fouled Leno during an aerial challenge, with the German ‘keeper stretchered off after 36 minutes with what looked to be a bad knee injury.
Maupay went down softly when Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi nudged him as he ran past following the restart. And there were then clashes after the final whistle, with Guendouzi appearing to grab Maupay by the throat.
“At half-time I went to Mikel Arteta, their manager, to apologise. Because I never meant to injure their keeper,” Maupay told BT Sport.
“I just jumped to get the ball maybe and when he landed he just twisted his knee. So I apologise to their team and to him as well.
“I’ve been through a bad injury so I know it’s hard but I never meant to hurt him.
“But some of the Arsenal players need to learn humility maybe sometimes. They’ve been talking a lot first half, second half when they were 1-0 up – they got what they deserved.”
Credit: Sky Sports