Neal Maupay is a very popular man around Brighton & Hove Albion right now. Not so much around Arsenal.
The French striker finished from a tight angle in the fifth minute of stoppage time to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday. Afterward, he had a pointed message for the Gunners.
Via BBC Sport:
“Some of their players need to learn what is humility. … One of them was talking the whole game and saying really bad things. When I scored I just had to say ‘listen, that is what happens when you say bad things on the pitch.’”
Whoa. What gives?
Well, Maupay was involved in an incident in the 36th minute with Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who ran out to the corner of his box to grab a bouncing ball. Maupay jumped into him with his challenge, which itself is not egregious; attacking players make contact with keepers like that all the time. (Whether or not it should be legislated out of the game is a different story.)
But Leno landed awkwardly and had to be stretchered off, which left him fuming. You can watch the entire incident unfold starting around the 3:15 mark below:
Apparently, Arsenal’s players tore into Maupay over it all game. Maupay struck back with his late winner, which started with a nice dummy run that let the ball roll to Aaron Connolly, who played a first-time dink into the penalty area:
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted he wasn’t sure Maupay was at fault after the match. But the injury crisis at the Emirates is deepening after Arsenal lost two more players midweek and have several regulars out already.
So we put the question to you.
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