2.45pm Arsenal news LIVE: Leno on crutches, Guendouzi faces charge, Maupay apologises, Arteta fumes – The Sun

ARSENAL were back in Premier League action with a last gasp 2-1 defeat at Brighton.

And the Gunners were left fuming as Neil Maupay, the man responsible for injuring Bernd Leno, netted the winner.

Follow all the latest Arsenal news and transfer gossip below…

  • WORRYING TIMES

    A quick look back at yesterday's action and specifically the injury to Bernd Leno.

    The goalkeeper was nudged mid-air by Neal Maupay before half-time and landed horribly, with his right knee buckling.

    Leno received treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off, pointing an angry finger at the striker on his way off.

    And Mikel Arteta is concerned by the severity of the injury to his No1: He said: “It doesn't look good but we don't know anything yet.

    “I don't know, it was too far from me. I'm sure he [Maupay] did not have the intention to do that.”

  • VIEW TO ADIL

    Paris Saint-Germain youngster Adil Aouchiche has reportedly told the French giants he wants to leave – and that could spell good news for Arsenal.

    PSG were hopeful of tying him down to a professional contract after introducing him to the first-team this season.

    Aouchiche, 17, has made three appearances under Thomas Tuchel but RMC report he told PSG chiefshe wants to advance his career elsewhere.

    But the Gunners know they face plenty of competition for the teenager's signature with Saint-Etienne thought to be the front runners in the race.

  • WEEKLY SCHEDULE

    Arsenal fans have already played – and lost – twice before five Prem sides have even got their season back underway.

    And Mikel Arteta's side are back in action on Thursday night with a third away trip in a row, this time to Southampton.

    Here are the top-flight fixtures in full for the week…

  • NO-ZIL AGAIN

    It was an all-too-familiar tale for Arsenal yesterday as they lost for the second time in four days – and Mesut Ozil was not able to help.

    After missing the trip to Manchester City on Wednesday, the German at least travelled to Brighton but was an unused sub.

    Plenty of questions still remain over the £350,000-a-week playmaker, who has registered just one goal and three assists in all competitions this term.

  • GET YOUR PROGRAMMES HERE

    For many football fans, picking up the programme is an integral part of the matchday experience, collecting it outside the ground and flicking through it during the warm-ups.

    But with the rest of this season being played behind closed doors, it is more of a case of flicking the channel over instead.

    Arsenal, however, are giving supporters the chance to buy the programmes for their remaining home games at the Emirates for £4 on the club's online store.

    Mikel Arteta's side still face home ties with Norwich, Leicester, Liverpool and Watford before the end of the campaign.

  • NO REGRETS

    Nacho Monreal reckons he made the right decision to leave Arsenal last summer.

    He played the first three games of the season under Unai Emery before joining Real Sociedad.

    He said: “The truth is yes. It was a difficult decision because I loved the competition, I was in a good moment and I had the confidence of the coach and the club.

    “I still had opportunities to play, but after many months, things are now going well at Real [Sociedad]. We have a good team and I do not regret my decision.”

  • JEEPERS KEEPERS

    Bernd Leno has been pictured leaving the Amex on crutches following his horror collision with Neil Maupay yesterday.

  • JENS CARES

    Former Arsenal stopper Jens Lehmann has sent a touching message to Bernd Leno after the current keeper's injury yesterday at Brighton

  • 'NO REGRETS'

    Nacho Monreal insists he has on regrets over quitting Arsenal.

    The veteran left the struggling Gunners for Real Sociedad last summer.

    When quizzed whether it was the right decision, he told El Pais: “The truth is yes.

    “It was a difficult decision because I loved the competition, I was in a good moment and I had the confidence of the coach and the club.

    “I still had opportunities to play, but after many months, things are now going well at Real (Sociedad).

    “We have a good team and I do not regret my decision.”

  • 'IT'S DEVASTATING'

    Emiliano Martinez has revealed his shown his support for Bernd Leno following the goalkeeper's horrific injury at Brighton.

    The Argentine will be expected to get an extended run in the first team as a result, but revealed himself to be devastated at what has happened to the German.

  • 'I NEVER MEANT TO INJURE THEIR KEEPER'

    Neil Maupay has revealed he went to see Mikel Arteta at half time to apologise for injuring Bernd Leno.

    The Brighton striker told BT Sport: “At half-time I went to Mikel Arteta, their manager, to apologise because I never meant to injure their keeper.

    “I just jumped to get the ball maybe and when he landed he just twisted his knee, so I apologise to their team and to him as well.

    “I've been through a bad injury so I know it's hard but I never meant to hurt him.

    “But some of the Arsenal players need to learn humility maybe sometimes. They've been talking a lot first half, second half when they were 1-0 up – they got what they deserved.”

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal made it two defeats in a row as they lost 2-1 to Brighton on Saturday.

    The Gunners took a second-half lead through Nicolas Pepe and looked on course to make up for Wednesday’s 3-0 hammering by Man City.

    However, Brighton nicked an equaliser through Lewis Dunk and broke Arsenal hearts with a last-gap winner through Neal Maupay.

    Mikel Arteta’s day was made worse as he watched goalie Bernd Leno stretchered off the field after a collision with Maupay.

    Arsenal players were furious with the French striker after he appeared to push Leno, resulting in the German hurting his leg.

    And tempers spilled over at the final whistle when Matteo Guendouzi grabbed Maupay by the throat.

    Arteta was extremely unhappy with the result, saying: “It is unacceptable in the way we lost the game.

    “The fact we missed so many chances, the fact we gave them a goal and we did not compete for the second goal.

    “At this level you cannot give the goals that we give away.

    “In the Premier League you make two mistakes like this and it is goals.”

    And Maupay had some stinging words for Arsenal, adding: “Some of the Arsenal players need to learn humility sometimes, they were talking a lot and got what they deserved.

    “Until the keeper gets the ball you never know what can happen.

    “It's football there is contact, I am really sorry for him, I apologise again and wish him a speedy recovery.”

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    Arsenal and Manchester United’s owners are refusing to apologise for their part in banning black players from taking the knee in protest against racial inequality.

    Gunners supremo Stan Kroenke and the Glazer family both gave their backing to a controversial rule forbidding NFL stars from joining Colin Kaepernick in making the powerful gesture during the American national anthem.

    They supported the policy which forbid any of their players from making any public show of kneeling, which is widely recognised as the symbol of support for racial equality.

    And though NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said sorry on behalf of the league for “not listening to black players” there has been no apology for actually voting to bar it in the first place.

    The owners’ continued refusal to acknowledge their part in suppressing the fight against discrimination is in contrast to the work their Premier League clubs have been doing supporting Black Lives Matter in recent weeks.

  • SUB COPY

    The temporary five-substitute rule is set to be extended into next season.

    Players will face increased risk of injury and burnout because matches will be squeezed into a compressed campaign ahead of the rescheduled European Championship.

    The majority of clubs and leagues have been positive about the amendment to the regulations which also allows teams to name nine substitutes instead of the usual seven.

    And Fifa and the game’s lawmaking body, the International Football Association Board, are open to the idea of prolonging the alteration in order to protect players.

  • MORE FROM CASCARINO ON INGS AND AUBAMEYANG

    “Having a player like Aubameyang is great, but he doesn’t want to be at Arsenal, he’s not committing himself to the club.

    “And I thought his performance midweek against Manchester City… he didn’t like that he played out on the left and he looked totally disinterested.

    “I don’t question him as a striker getting goals, he’s always score you 20-plus a season.

    “This year he’s got one more Premier League goal than Danny Ings, but Ings has given a lot more to Southampton, as we saw [against Norwich].

    “His commitment to the team, he has a desire that drives the other players around him and makes them a better side.

    “That’s one of the problems I see for Arteta, with players likes Aubemeyang and [Mesut] Ozil.

    “So, if I had a choice, I’d take Ings over Aubameyang.”

  • OH DANNY BOY

    Danny Ings would be BETTER for Arsenal than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Tony Cascarino.

    Cascarino told talkSPORT: “When you look at Aubameyang’s numbers, they’re extraordinary.

    “But when you compare him to a player like Roberto Firmino for Liverpool, he hasn’t got the goals say the likes of Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres did.

    “But, he does far more for the team – and Danny Ings is like that, too. He’s done this all season.

    “Let’s not forget, Ings’ career has been wrecked by injury and he’s come back and looks so good, he just leads the line brilliantly.

    “He’s a consistent threat, even when the team isn’t playing well he’s still trying his socks off.

    “He also wants to be at the football club, he wants to be at Southampton, he wanted to leave Liverpool and go there to play football.”

  • FERD IS THE WORD

    Rio Ferdinand reckons Arsenal players will feel the full wrath of Mikel Arteta after their 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

    He told BT Sport: “Listen, for a manager to come out and say his team are not competing he has got to be in a state of mind of pure anger and he's going to want to find answers from individuals.

    “He's going to be pressuring these players over the next couple of weeks.

    “Two games, to come out of this period of lockdown, you expect your team to come out at minimum fighting, showing character and drive to get a result.

    “But this team have come out almost flat-lined. They haven't been able to get themselves going, or get into a game even.”

  • RECORD GUNS

    Arsenal broke three incredible records after throwing away a lead to lose 2-1 in a feisty, controversial game at Brighton.

    First and foremost, the shock defeat meant Arsenal became the first team to ever lose a televised 3pm Saturday game.

    Secondly, Arsenal were unbeaten in Saturday 3pm games for five years going into this weekend's fixture.

    Finally, the Gunners had never been beaten twice by Brighton in the Premier League – albeit a young record, it's a record broken nonetheless.

  • MAGIC DAN

    Dani Ceballos showed off his impressive passing range… by nutmegging team-mate Alexandre Lacazette, despite the French forward lying flat on the ground.

    With the game evenly poised at 0-0, the Spanish midfielder played a seemingly impossible ball through his team-mate.

  • ART OF THE MATTER

    Mikel Arteta let rip at his Arsenal side with “pure anger” after they were stunned by Brighton's injury-time winner in their 2-1 loss in the Premier League.

    Arteta told BT Sport: “It is unacceptable in the way we lost the game.

    “The fact we missed so many chances, the fact we gave them a goal and we did not compete for the second goal.

    “At this level you cannot give the goals that we give away.

    “In the Premier League you make two mistakes like this and it is goals.”

  • MAU PLEASE

    Neil Maupay has hit out at Arsenal after their angry response to his last-gasp winner.

    He said: “At half-time I went to Mikel Arteta to apologise.

    “I never meant to injure the keeper, I just jumped for the ball.

    “Some of the Arsenal players need to learn humility sometimes, they were talking a lot and got what they deserved.

    “Until the keeper gets the ball you never know what can happen.

    “It's football there is contact, I am really sorry for him, I apologise again and wish him a speedy recovery.”

  • ARTFUL DODGER

    Mikel Arteta admitted Bernd Leno's injury “doesn't look good” following his side's defeat to Brighton.

    He said: “It doesn't look good but we don't know anything yet.

    “I don't know, it was too far from me. I'm sure he [Maupay] did not have the intention to do that.”

  • ARSENAL PLAYER RATINGS BY JOSH GRAHAM

    Arsenal suffered late heartbreak in a 2-1 defeat away at Brighton as Mikel Arteta's side slip further behind in the race for the Champions League spots.

    The Gunners were on top for the majority of the match and opened the scoring thanks to a beautiful curling effort from Nicolas Pepe.

    But Brighton bundled in an equaliser in the 75th minute through Lewis Dunk.

    And Neal Maupay – involved in a controversial first-half incident – buried a last second winner with virtually the final kick to break Arsenal's spirit.

    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ARSENAL PLAYER RATINGS

  • ARSENAL VERDICT BY MARK IRWIN

    Bukayo Saka has been told he can become one of the top three wing-backs in the world but sees himself as a left winger.

    When Arsenal emerged from lockdown at Manchester City on Wednesday night he found himself on the right wing and today he was part of a midfield three for the first time in his career.

    The exciting teenager is nothing if not versatile and a player who Mikel Arteta regards as key to his future plans.

    No wonder the Gunners are so desperate to persuade Saka to sign a lengthy new contract to replace the deal which is about to enter its final year.

    CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL VERDICT

  • GUEN IN ROME

    Matteo Guendouzi could be in trouble for his behaviour at the final whistle.

    The midfielder appeared to throw an arm into Maupay's stomach before grabbing him by the throat.

    CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE SHOCKING INCIDENT

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