‘We need to be showing that fight!’ – Arsenal legend Ian Wright defends Matteo Guendouzi over Neal Maupay clash

first_imgLeno was livid with Maupay and let him know as he was stretchered off (Picture: Getty)After netting the winner in stoppage time, Maupay then exchanged words with Guendouzi before the midfielder grabbed his compatriot round the throat after the full-time whistle.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhile Wright expects Guendouzi to land in hot water for his actions he did not condemn the youngster, instead suggesting that Arsenal need to show more of that fight after another meek defeat.Speaking about a coming together that Maupay made a meal out of – 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.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOn Maupay’s performance, and whether there was any intent to hurt Leno, 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.’ ‘We need to be showing that fight!’ – Arsenal legend Ian Wright defends Matteo Guendouzi over Neal Maupay clash The French midfielder is likely to be handed a suspension for his reaction (Pictures: Match of the Day)Ian Wright says the rest of Arsenal’s players need to show the same ‘fight’ as Matteo Guendouzi when he clashed with Neal Maupay at the end of Saturday’s defeat to Brighton.The Gunners succumbed to their second defeat in just a matter of days since the season restart, with late goals from Lewis Dunk and Maupay cancelling out Nicolas Pepe’s opener.Brighton’s French striker got under the skin of several Arsenal players, having nudged Bernd Leno in the air prior to an awkward landing that saw the goalkeeper stretchered off in the first half. Guendouzi was fuming with Maupay and grabbed him around his throat (Picture: Getty)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.’MORE: Neal Maupay reveals what he told Matteo Guendouzi to anger the Arsenal midfielder after the Brighton defeatMORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Neal Maupay telling Arsenal’s players to ‘learn humility’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jun 2020 9:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.4kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img