Ian Wright has defended Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi for his angry confrontation with Brighton’s Neal Maupay following the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to the Seagulls.
Maupay had already got on the wrong side of some Arsenal players after he was involved in an incident which saw their goalkeeper Bernd Leno go off injured in the first-half.
After the French forward scored an injury time winner he was involved in a melee on the full-time whistle, with Guendouzi appearing to grab him by the throat.
The young midfielder is likely to face a suspension for his actions, but speaking on Match of the Day Wright said Maupay had exaggerated the incident, and also said Arsenal need to show the kind of passion Guendouzi displayed on a more regular basis.
“He’s got that about him as well (Maupay) – 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.”
Football Association chiefs are waiting to see whether the row is included in referee Martin Atkinson’s report before deciding if they will take action.
The FA could still step in even if it was not seen and take retrospective action by charging Guendouzi which could lead to a fine and suspension.
But it would seem highly likely that Guendouzi gets charged unless Atkinson says he saw the incident and decided not to take action.
But under the FA’s fast track process, he could even be banned before Thursday’s trip to Southampton.
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