Brighton’s defeat on the field caused Arsenal to lose a lot of things, from the score to the pillar of injury and finally unsportsmanlike behavior, badly affecting the image of the young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s team.
Arsenal entered Brighton’s game with great determination in the battle to win tickets to the European Cup next season. However, the Gunners’ ambition was pouring a cold water in the 37th minute. Goal number 1, Bernd Leno was seriously injured after a collision with Neal Maupay of Brighton and could not continue playing.
In a controversial situation leading to Leno’s injury, striker Maupay plunged into the away team’s goalkeeper when he caught the ball and had a tight hand-pull phase. It was this that led to Leno losing his balance, having to land on the ground passively damaging his neck and right knee.
Maupay was also the player who made Arsenal fans remember last night. The 23-year-old striker was also the one who launched the “punch” in the 90 + 5 minute with a very good coordination situation with Aaron Connolly, thereby helping Brighton beat Arsenal with a score of 2-1.
And yet, after the game ended, Maupay was also mentioned in a messy situation. As the Frenchman celebrated his victory and on his way to the dressing room, he collided with fellow Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi.
Unable to remain calm when the home team lost in bitter defeat, Guendouzi rushed to strangle Maupay. Fortunately, everything was quickly extinguished, when the players on both sides could control the hotheads of two young French players.
Back after the Covid-19 pandemic, Arsenal are living in difficult days with 2 consecutive losses. Not to mention, the problem of injury is also causing coach Mikel Arteta headache. Midfielder Pablo Mari finished the season, midfielder Granit Xhaka was waiting for the results of the injury test, and last night, goalkeeper No. 1, Leno left the AMEX field with the help of two crutches and his knees were fixed tightly. Any trouble may not be over, because, with his unsportsmanlike behavior, midfielder Guendouzi is facing a penalty from the English Football Federation.
On the current standings, Arsenal have been pushed down to 10th place with 40 points, less than the fifth position by 6 points. This is not a big gap, but with what has been going on, the Gunners do not really have many opportunities to squeeze into the group to attend the European Cup next season.