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.
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Not only does Guendouzi wait until the final whistle to show a bit of heart, he does it in a way that could quite easily get him banned.
Where was this anger during the 95 minutes Arsenal were jogging their way towards another draw?pic.twitter.com/rydEotDREd
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) June 20, 2020
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.
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.
We don’t think Neal Maupay and Matteo Guendouzi are the best of friends… 👀 pic.twitter.com/2QIncgJ3SB
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 20, 2020
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.
Fans reacted after learning that Guendouzi ‘taunted Brighton players’ about ‘making more money’ than them…
Obviously can’t afford a decent haircut though
— Ben Haward (@BenHaward) June 23, 2020
Still lost the game 😂😂 Boy is an utter wet wipe, plays hard man but is anything but
— Grant Heath (@GrantHeath95) June 23, 2020
Get rid of Guendouzi. Who does he think he is? As far as I’m concerned he’s been bang average ever since he arrived. I was always willing to give him time as he’s young but this attitude of his is really distasteful and doesn’t sit right with me.
— VR46FPL (@VR46FPL) June 22, 2020
Don’t find this smart of clever. If you’re earning more, you should be getting a result against Brighton.
— . (@4949_Undefeated) June 22, 2020
Why are people proud of him for this? It’s pathetic.
— Adam Carroll (@hlebsworld) June 22, 2020
which makes your loss even more embarrassing
— shush (@ShushShushShus) June 22, 2020
Little wet. Needs to man up GUENDOUZI.
— Connor Stuart (@Conskins) June 23, 2020
Fuck sake that’s the stuff that’s wrong with the club, the players are brainwashed into thinking theyre way better than they are by their wage and deluded fans when really theyre on the same level as Brighton’s players except a couple, embarrassing club atm
— SidewardsXhaka🇮🇪 (@SidewardsX) June 22, 2020
This is a horrible mindset. If you’re saying “my midfielder”, “give him the armband” etc then you need to properly look at yourself.
— The Steady Invicible (@thesteadygooner) June 22, 2020