Brighton and Hove Albion’s Neal Maupay taunted Arsenal after clashing with Bernd Leno before scoring the winning goal at the Amex Stadium.
Neal Maupay claimed Arsenal “got what they deserved” after he struck the winner deep into stoppage time having earlier clashed with Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The Brighton and Hove Albion forward proved a controversial hero for the hosts, who secured an important 2-1 victory at the Amex Stadium maintain five points away from the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.
Maupay was involved in a very grim first-half incident, where a coming along side Leno ended with the German suffering a nasty-looking knee injury.
Arsenal, beaten 3-0 by Manchester City on Wednesday, appeared set to shrug that off when Nicolas Pepe scored a fine goal within the 68th minute.
But Lewis Dunk levelled soon after and Maupay had the ultimate say within the 95th minute, which he felt was fitting against a side he claims lack humility, though he wished Leno a swift recovery and insisted malice played no part within the challenge.
“I went over to the Arteta during the break to say sorry” Maupay told media outlet BT Sport.
“I never meant to injure the keeper. I jumped for the ball. I apologise to the team and to him also . I actually have been through a nasty injury, it’s hard.
“Arsenal players maybe ought to learn humility sometimes. They were talking tons . They got what they deserved.
“I just wanted to get the ball really. When he landed he twisted his knee. it’s football, there’s contact. I never meant to harm him. I apologise again and pray for him a speedy recovery.”
The result has afforded Graham Potter’s side some breathing space, but Maupay knows there’s lots of work still to happen.
“I am very happy with the outcome today. It was a hard fought win. Now, we have to concentrate on the next eight games left”
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