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.
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.
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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