Neal Maupay slams cocky Arsenal stars after apologising for causing Bernd Leno injury

Neal Maupay scored Brighton's winning goal against Arsenal
Neal Maupay scored Brighton’s winning goal against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Brighton matchwinner Neal Maupay is adamant he did not mean to injure Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno and claimed the German’s team-mates need to learn a lesson in ‘humility’.

The former Brentford forward was involved in the two headline incidents of an action packed match at the Amex Stadium which saw Graham Potter’s strugglers snatch a vital three points.

Nicolas Pepe had put the visitors ahead midway through the second half with a superb curling effort, but a typical defensive lapse at a set-piece allowed Lewis Dunk to equalise sooner after.

Maupay struck the winner, just as he did in the reverse fixture at the Emirates in December, deep into injury-time to spark scenes of jubilation.

Earlier, the 23-year-old was involved in a controversial incident which saw Leno leave the field on a stretcher with a serious knee injury. Maupay revealed his sought out Mikel Arteta at half-time and said sorry but felt Arsenal got their just desserts having goaded their opposition after taking the lead.

He told BT Sport: ‘I mean not really (I didn’t mean to cause an injury). At half-time I went to their manager Mikel Arteta to apologise because I have never meant to injure their goalkeeper.

‘ I just went to get the ball, maybe he landed and just twisted his knee. I apologised to their team and him.

‘I’ve been through a bad injury so I know it’s hard but I never meant to hurt him. But some Arsenal players need to learn humility some times because they’ve been talking a lot in the second half when they were 1-0 up and they got what they deserved.

‘Honestly until the keeper gets the ball you never know what could happen. I just went to get the ball really. I think it was shoulder to shoulder and when he landed he twisted his knee. You know this is football and there is contact and I never meant to hurt him. I apologise to him again and wish him a speed recovery.’

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