Jens Lehmann and Marc-Andre ter Stegen send messages to Bernd Leno after Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton

Bernd Leno screams in pain after his injury in Arsenal's Premier League clash with Brighton
Bernd Leno is expected to be sidelined for some time after his injury at Brighton (Picture: Getty)

The goalkeepers’ union came out in full force to support Bernd Leno after the German suffered a horrendous-looking injury during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

Lewis Dunk’s scrambled effort with 15 minutes remaining cancelled out Nicolas Pepe’s superb earlier strike and Neal Maupay secured all three points for the hosts with a cool finish at the death.

However, much of the post-match discussion centred around Maupay’s involvement in Leno’s injury towards the end of the first half after he nudged the Arsenal man in the air at an empty Amex Stadium.

Leno gestures towards Maupay as he's stretchered off the pitch
Leno was furious with Maupay as he was helped off the pitch (Picture: Getty)

The 28-year-old shot-stopper vented his anger at Maupay as he was stretchered off the pitch and his Arsenal team-mates followed suit immediately after the final whistle, with Matteo Guendouzi grabbing the striker by the neck.

Arsenal are yet to reveal the severity of the injury but it’s expected Leno will be out for some time, meaning Emiliano Martinez – who came on to replace the Germany international on the south coast – looks set for an extended run in the side.

Manchester United’s David De Gea put club differences to one side to send a message of support to the Arsenal ‘keeper after the match.

And fellow countryman Marc-Andre ter Stegen, widely regarded to be the best goalkeeper on the planet, has some kind words for his Germany team-mate.

‘I wish you a lot of strength and a good recovery! @berndleno1 💪👊,’ the Barcelona ace posted on Instagram.

Ter Stegen sent a message of support to Leno on Instagram

Former Arsenal star Jens Lehmann, who later worked as an assistant coach under Unai Emery, also passed on his support to his compatriot.

‘I am really sorry for Bernd Leno,’ the Arsenal ‘Invincible’ tweeted.

‘He did great for Arsenal and I hope his injury is not too bad and will recover soon.’

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta admitted he feared the worst regarding Leno’s injury when speaking to BT Sport after Saturday’s clash.

‘It doesn’t look good, but we don’t know anything yet,’ the Spaniard said.

Asked about the way his players surrounded Maupay after the final whistle, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know. It’s too far from me. I haven’t seen the action.

‘I always believe players never mean to hurt anybody,’ he added.

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