‘Shut the f*** up’: Emmanuel Petit slams Arsenal players for scrapping after Brighton defeat

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Arsenal players were furious at Maupay for his challenge on Leno (Picture: Getty Images)

Emmanuel Petit has taken aim at the Arsenal team for getting involved in a scrap with Brighton players after their 2-1 defeat at the Amex on Saturday.

After Nicolas Pepe put the Gunners 1-0 up in the second half, goals from Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay inflicted defeat on Mikel Arteta’s side for a second consecutive game since the restart.

Arsenal players were fuming with Frenchman Maupay for his challenge on Bernd Leno, which left the goalkeeper in a heap on the floor and now facing a four-week spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

After the full-time whistle, several players, led by midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, surrounded the Seagulls striker and a brawl ensued between the two sides.

Former Gunners midfielder Petit slammed his former side for their laughable actions and challenged them to do their fighting during the match, rather than afterwards.

‘Arsenal look like an average team with no spirit, with no anger or pride,’ Petit told Paddy Power.

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Guendouzi grabbed Maupay by the neck after the game (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I saw them against Brighton at the end of the game, trying to fight Neal Maupay, but that made me laugh.

‘You make me laugh, guys, honestly. Shut the f*** up and do the right thing on the pitch.

‘Against Brighton I was so p****d off about the behaviour of the players that I wished I could be in the dressing room to say to someone, ‘Shut the f*** up, who the f*** do you think you are?’ 

‘No-one is doing that in the team. There are no leaders, no characters.

‘They were winning one-nil away from home, knowing every point is vital for European qualification, and you let the game go like this. 

‘Then at full-time they go to Maupay to blame him for what happened to Bernd Leno, but things like that happen in every game.

‘They’re trying to avoid taking their own responsibility. I just want to tell them one thing: fight during the match.’

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