Brighton striker Neal Maupay says Arsenal’s players “got what they deserved” after his last-gasp winner silenced Mikel Arteta’s side into a second successive defeat.
Having gone 1-0 up in the second half through Nicolas Pepe’s curled finish, the Seagulls fought back to claim a crucial win in their bid to avoid relegation.
Lewis Dunk poked home from a low ball into the box before Maupay exchanged a fantastic one-two with Aaron Connolly deep into second-half stoppage time and fired home to claim the three points.
Maupay, whose goal was his ninth of the season, told BT Sport: “Arsenal players need to learn humility, maybe sometimes.
“They have been talking a lot first half, second half when they were 1-0 up. They got what they deserved.”
Maupay’s goal was his second against Arsenal, having scored the winner over the Gunners in December.
The victory is also Brighton’s first in 2020.
“I am so happy because it is our first win in this year. We worked so hard after three months,” the striker added.
“It has been a crazy time, it has been really hard for us as we didn’t know when we were going to play again.
“We kept together, believing in each other, and the whole club, the manager and staff tried very hard to put us in our best place.”
MAUPAY APOLOGISES AFTER ARSENAL LOSE LENO
Maupay also revealed he apologised to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for his involvement in Bernd Leno’s serious knee injury.
The German goalkeeper fell awkwardly as he rushed out to collect the ball, amid pressure from the Seagulls forward.
“At half-time I went to Arteta to apologise because I never meant to injure their keeper,” he said.
“I just jumped to get the ball maybe and I think he twisted his knee, I never meant to hurt him.
“I am really sorry, I apologise again and I wish him a speedy recovery.”
The victory is huge for Brighton, who still have to face Leicester, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of the season.
For Arsenal, their second successive defeat since the Premier League’s restart leaves Arteta with work to do.