David De Gea sends message to Arsenal player after defeat to Brighton

David De Gea sends message to Arsenal player after defeat to Brighton

Tensions flared at the final whistle after Maupay, who was involved in an earlier incident with Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno which saw the goalkeeper stretched off, celebrated with his Brighton teammates.

Leno came out to catch a routine ball just before half-time but was unbalanced by an unnecessary and unsafe shove from Brighton striker Neal Maupay which led to him landing awkwardly on his right leg.

The result came three days after Mikel Arteta's side suffered a 3-0 rout at Manchester City as the Premier League returned after a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus health crisis.

Five minutes into stoppage time, substitute Alexis Mac Allister played the ball forward and Maupay collected it after letting it run through his legs and flicked it past the keeper to inflict a second consecutive defeat on Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are goal threats.

The game was stopped in the first half while Leno received treatment on the pitch after his knee appeared to give way after landing awkwardly.

Arsenal responded well to the injury after the interval and Pepe looked to have given the visitors maximum points when he curled the ball into the top corner with 22 minutes remaining.

The injury will be a huge blow as Leno has been one of Arsenal's best players this season and his absence will dent our hopes of making a late push for a European place and winning the FA Cup.

It was the worst possible ending for Arsenal to bring the curtain down on what has been a horrendous opening week back in the Premier League.

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