What Matteo Guendouzi said to Neal Maupay to spark throat-grabbing brawl

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal confronts Neal Maupay of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal FC at American Express Community Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Brighton, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Matteo Guendouzi reportedly taunted Brighton’s players over their ability (Picture: Getty)

Matteo Guendouzi taunted Brighton players during Arsenal’s defeat to the Seagulls on Saturday by claiming they were ‘s**t’ and that he earns more than ‘they ever will’.

It was announced today that the Arsenal midfielder will escape a three-match ban, despite clear evidence that he grabbed Brighton striker Neal Maupay by the throat after the final whistle at the Amex Stadium.

Maupay scored Brighton’s late winner but he was involved in an unfortunate incident earlier in the match when he challenged Bernd Leno in the air and the German fell awkwardly to injure his knee.

Leno was seen shouting at Maupay as he made his way off the field and though the incident was clearly unfortunate, there is an argument that the Frenchman did not need to challenge for the ball as Leno had already clearly gathered it.

Guendouzi grabbed Maupay by the throat at the full-time whistle (Picture: Getty)

That angered Arsenal players with Guendouzi at the heart of the appeals. The hot-headed midfielder was further aggrieved when, following Maupay’s late winner, the striker collapsed to the ground after kick-off when the midfielder simply brushed past him.

The final whistle came moments later and Guendouzi squared up to Maupay after grabbing him by the throat.

The former Brentford forward mocked Arsenal afterwards, insisting that they needed to show more ‘humility’ and suggesting that he couldn’t repeat some of the things said to him on live television.

Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi, 2nd right, gestures at Brighton's Neal Maupay, on the ground, during an argument at the end of during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Richard Heathcote/Pool via AP)
Guendouzi was unhappy with Maupay (Picture: AP)

Question marks have been raised about Guendouzi’s attitude and the Daily Mail claim the brawl was sparked after various comments made by the Frenchman throughout the match.

Guendouzi is said to have mocked Brighton’s players by calling them ‘s**t’ and the midfielder, who earns £40,000-a-week, reportedly told his opponents that he earns ‘more than they ever will’.

France manager Didier Deschamps is an admirer of Guendouzi but has refused to pick the midfielder in his last two squads over fears about his discipline and attitude.

Arteta dropped the midfielder in France for a game against Newcastle after noting a drop in commitment from the 21-year-old.

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