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Neil Maupay shocks Arsenal with a late strike

Brighton stole the win in their first game back after the lockdown and it’s their first win in 2020 against an Arsenal side who have now lost back-to-back games. 

Arsenal started well with a strike from Bukayo Saka that hit the crossbar and Alexandre Laczette’s headed attempt which was thwarted by Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan after nice work from Gouendouzi and Saka down the left side. 

Lacazette had the ball in the back of the net in the second half, but was narrowly ruled out for offside. With 20 mins to go, Pepe received the ball just inside the left edge of the  Brighton penalty area and curled a magnificent shot past Ryan into the top corner to give Arsenal a deserved lead. 

Back came Brighton with a well organised short corner and Lewis Dunk finally got the ball over the line after a ricocheting off him and an Arsenal defender. This would set up an exciting 15 mins! 

Up steps Neil Maupay in the 96th minute to secure Brighton the three points with a very well-worked team goal that he cooly finished off after providing the dummy earlier in the move. 

Arsenal fans would have felt it was ironic for Maupay to get the winner after some might have felt his challenge on Bernt Leno deserved a red card! Earlier in the first half, Maupay collided with the Arsenal keeper and led with his arm, resulting in  Leno having to go off. 

Some of the Arsenal players vented their frustrations during after the incident and at the final whistle, chaos erupted as Gouendouzi and friends confronted Maupay. 

After the game, Maupay said, “some of the Arsenal players need to learn some humility” suggesting that he didn’t agree with some of the words that were said to him by some of the Arsenal players. 

Brighton play Leicester away next and Arsenal travel to Southampton.

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