Guendouzi ‘taunted Brighton players’ about ‘making more money’ than them

    Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi ‘taunted Brighton players’ about ‘making more money’ than them as his side were defeated at the Amex on Sunday.

    The Gunners player took aim at members of Graham Potter’s squad saying that he and his teammates made more money than they ever would, according to the Daily Mail.

    The Mail also alleges that Guendouzi “was saying the Brighton players were s***”, that he “has done this before” to players at other clubs.

    The Frenchman avoided a ban at the weekend after videos emerged showing him grabbing Brighton striker Neal Maupay by the throat in the closing stages of the game.

    The Brighton player fell to the ground holding his throat afterwards and it resulted in tensions flaring up between members of both sides.

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    Guendouzi was understood to have been incensed with Maupay for his involvement in Bernd Leno’s injury in the first half of the Premier League game. He was also rumoured to have berated the quality of the Brighton players during the game.

    Maupay revealed after the game he personally apologised to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for the incident with Leno.

    He told BT Sport: “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.”

    If the rumours about Guendouzi taunting the Brighton players about money turn out to be true, the Arsenal midfielder is sure to be in hot water with Mikel Arteta and the rest of the Arsenal hierarchy.

    Guendouzi has already had a run-in with the Arsenal boss who dropped him for a game against Newcastle right after the squad’s winter training camp in Dubai due to what was described as a lack of professionalism. The central midfielder cannot afford to get in trouble with Arteta again and will have to maintain discipline and professionalism if he is to have a long term future at the club.

    There is no doubt about his quality and potential but Arteta expects certain non-negotiables from his playing staff and he will not think twice before binning a player if his expectations are not met.

    Fair to say, he needs to do the talking on the pitch rather than his mouth, because it’s rather embarrassing to brag about money that he’s quite clearly not worth if he and his side are losing to Brighton.

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