Brighton 2-1 Arsenal: Neal Maupay's post-match interview causes a stir

  • Rob Swan

Neal Maupay scored a dramatic last-minute winning goal for Brighton against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

The French forward popped up with the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage-time to condemn the Gunners to their second defeat in three days.

Nicolas Pepe had given Arsenal the lead in the 68th minute before Lewis Dunk levelled the scores shortly afterwards.

Then, at the death, it just had to be Maupay who scored the winning goal.

The 23-year-old was responsible for the first-half challenge which left Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno with a serious-looking knee injury.

Leno was furious with Brighton’s No. 7 - as was everybody else associated with the Gunners.

It all kicked off at full-time, with Arsenal’s players all visibly angry with Maupay, who then further antagonised the north London outfit with his brutally honest post-match interview live on BT Sport.


"Arsenal players maybe need to learn humility sometimes,” Maupay said. “They were talking a lot. They got what they deserved.”


Watch the interview in full here…

"It is a great ball in,” Maupay added. “I saw the keeper coming for me and I just shot with my left, a goal and I am so happy because it's our first win this new year. The team has worked really hard the last few months.

"We have been training really, really hard. The team kept working. The whole club - managers and staff - did a very good job to have us in a good place.

"It was a really tough game but happy to get the win."

On the collision with Bernd Leno: "At half time I went to the manager Mikel Arteta to apologise. I never meant to injure the keeper. I jumped for the ball. I apologise to the team and to him as well. I have been through a bad injury, it is hard.

"I just went to get the ball really. When he landed he twisted his knee. It is football, there is contact. I never meant to hurt him. I apologise again and wish him a speedy recovery."


On the result: "It is just a win, we have eight games to go - some very big games. Anything can happen and we need to stay focus. It is a good start, we are really happy but we need to get straight back in tomorrow to focus on the next game."

In a separate interview with BBC Sport, Maupay said the following about Matteo Guendouzi...

Here’s how football fans on Twitter have reacted to Maupay’s interview…

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