Neal Maupay issues apology after Bernd Leno injury


Bernd Leno deals with an extended spell on the sidelines.

Brighton forward Neal Maupay apologised for his role in Bernd Leno‘s injury however declared a few of Arsenal‘s players “need to learn humility” after he got a last-gasp winner at the Amex Arena.

French forward Maupay raised the ball over alternative Gunners goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez 5 minutes into added time to make a much-needed 2-1 win for relegation-threatened Albion.

Martinez was just on the field due to the fact that first- option keeper Leno was stretchered off in the first half with a serious-looking knee problem following a push from Maupay.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta stated the true level of the Germany international’s injury would not be understood till a minimum of Sunday.

Maupay revealed regret for the event, although he was outraged by the behaviour of unnamed members of the opposition.

“At half-time, I went to Arteta to apologise because I never meant to injure their keeper,” Maupay informed BT Sport 1.

” I simply leapt to get the ball possibly and I think he twisted his knee, I never ever indicated to injure him.

As I currently stated, I’m sorry about what occurred to Bernd Leno, I never ever indicated to injure him. I want him a rapid recovery

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“I am really sorry. I apologise again and I wish him a speedy recovery.”

Tempers ran high at full- time, with Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi appearing to put his hand on Maupay.

Maupay added: “Arsenal players need to discover humbleness, possibly often.

“They have been talking a lot first half, second half when they were 1-0 up. They got what they deserved.”

Neal Maupay commemorates the winner (Mike Hewitt/NMC Swimming Pool)

Albion’s win finished a first league double over the Gunners to press them far from the bottom 3 and damage their challengers’ pursuit of European credentials.

Maupay, who likewise declared the winner at the Emirates Arena in early December, struck after Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk rushed home an equaliser to counteract Nicolas Pepe’s excellent opener.

Arsenal boss Arteta and Brighton manager Graham Potter concurred that Maupay had actually not indicated to injure Leno.

“I believe that no player has the intention to hurt anybody and I believe in this case exactly the same. It was unfortunate,” Arteta stated at his post-match interview.

” It’s a knee injury– a hyperextension of the knee– and we need to examine the damage.

Mikel Arteta is waiting to find the level of the injury to Bernd Leno (Peter Powell/NMC Swimming Pool)

“He was in a lot of pain and he’s still in a lot of pain but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow at least to see how bad the damage is.”

The Gunners had actually delighted in the much better of the play and wasted a variety of chances, while Bukayo Saka struck the crossbar early on.

Arteta, whose side were beaten 3-0 at Manchester City in midweek, stated he was uninformed of the Guendouzi event and felt his team might just blame themselves for another frustrating defeat.

“I haven’t seen the reaction. (There were) a lot of players talking and getting together but I didn’t know what happened,” stated the Spaniard.

” The aggravation was that we have actually tossed the game away.

“We haven’t competed like you have to compete in the Premier League. I think it was all our fault.”

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Potter confessed his side were possibly lucky to protect all 3 points however was pleased to end a run of 9 league matches without success dating back to December 28.

“It feels amazing, a big three points for us,” he stated.

” Definitely originating from a goal down in the Premier League isn’t simple to do without a crowd here to press us on. The kids discovered something in them, I am so happy with them, it’s an extraordinary effort.

” We understand where we are at, we understand the margins are little in the Premier League and you need to turn them in your favour which’s what we have actually attempted to do.

“Regardless of the table we have to keep fighting and that’s what I think we saw today.”

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