Ian Wright believes the rest of the Arsenal team need to show the same “fight” as Matteo Guendouzi, after the Frenchman’s clash with Neal Maupay at the end of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Brighton.
Late goals from Lewis Dunk and Maupay condemned Arsenal to their second defeat since the restart, but the brilliant Brighton victory was overshadowed by the battle between Guendouzi and the match winner.
Maupay nudged Bernd Leno in the air prior to an awkward landing that saw the goalkeeper stretchered off in the first half, which the Arsenal players – and Guendouzi in particular – were not happy with.
After scoring the stoppage time winner, Maupay then exchanged words with Guendouzi before the midfielder grabbed him round the throat after the full-time whistle.
After the game, Maupay told the BBC: “Some of their players need to learn what humility is, especially one of them.
“I mean he was talking the whole game, but was saying really bad things.
“I don’t want to say what he said because I could be in trouble. It was in French because he is French.
“So when I scored I just needed to say, ‘listen, that’s what happens when you talk too much on the pitch’.”
While Wright expects Guendouzi to be punished retrospectively he did not condemn the youngster.
Speaking about a coming together – and the Brighton’s striker’s post-match comments slamming Guendouzi – Wright said on Match of the Day: “He’s got that about him as well – you’d think he’s been poleaxed, but it’s just a little [one].
“Him and Guendouzi had been having it all game and I think he was talking about Guendouzi at the end. He’s [Guendouzi] given him a bit there and he’ll probably get in trouble for that. But we need to be showing that fight, for me Al.”
Fellow pundit Alan Shearer responded rather bluntly, saying: “Too little, too late.”
On Leno’s injury, Wright continued: “Firstly I’ve got to say I’m really gutted for Bernd, hopefully it’s not a bad one. But everyone can see he [Maupay] is not doing anything malicious.
“But he [Leno] has got the ball in his hands, it’s a freakish fall, very much so.”
Shearer added: “It was just one of those challenges. It wasn’t malicious at all. He’s just sort of jumped into him and it was a freakish accident, unfortunately, and we hope the goalkeeper is okay.”
On Maupay’s winner, Wright said: “This is top quality play from him. And this is what he’s capable of doing. Knowing him, seeing him, watching him finish at Brentford, he’s very sharp in and around there. He was a nuisance all day, he’s got that about him, and he finished it very well.”