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Leicester Skates, Maupay Gunners Nightmare



Arsenal had a nightmarish afternoon in Brighton on Saturday, losing 2-1 after opening the scoring, on a goal by Neal Maupay also involved in the serious injury of Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno on day 30 of Premier League.

Maupay executioner of Arsenal and Leno, the Franco-Argentinian forward from Brighton, who passed through Nice, Saint-Étienne and Brest, was the controversial hero of the match against Arsenal.

After a superb combination with Alexis MacAllister, and a touchy finish, Maupay gave the Seagulls a capital victory in the fight for maintenance, and in added time (2-1, 90th + 3).

But at the final whistle he was assaulted by some Gunners, including Matteo Guendouzi very upset, because they held him responsible for the serious injury of Leno shortly before the break.

Leaving at the edge of its surface to take a ball, Leno was the victim of a stroller in the back by Maupay, not very strong but sufficient to unbalance it.

The guardian's right knee gave way when he wanted to receive himself, writhing in a painful angle that English television did not want to show in slow motion (36th).

When leaving the field on a stretcher, Leno copiously cursed Maupay, certainly guilty of a foul but not of violence which alone would explain the keeper's injury.

Since the resumption of the championship, the tribute paid by the Gunners for injuries is however impressive. Midfielder Granit Xhaka and defender Pablo Mari were replaced in the first period Wednesday, when they lost to Manchester City (3-0).

The frustration of the Londoners is all the more understandable since they dominated the match for 70 minutes and thought they had done the hardest with a magnificent rolled shot from Nicolas Pépé, little in sight until then, in the opposite skylight (0-1 , 68e).

Unfortunately for them, they fell asleep a little and conceded equalization on one of their weak points: these set pieces which already cost them 13 goals this season, excluding penalties, the 2nd worst total in Premier League.

On a confused action, defender Lewis Dunk ended up pushing the ball beyond the line, from a determined tackle (1-1, 75th).

This capital victory for Brighton, which takes 5 points ahead of the red zone, is also the fruit of the audacity of Eddie Howe who brought in a second axial striker with MacAllister, in the 90th minute, to snatch the victory.

Brighton will now chain a trip to Leicester and the receptions of both Manchester and Liverpool over the next five matches, with a trip to the Norwich red lantern interspersed which will be very expensive.

Leicester spent a few seconds of an excellent operation in the race for the Champions League, being joined in additional time by Watford (1-1) who struggles to maintain.

The international side Ben Chilwell thought he had offered the three points to his team by sending a superb cross strike on the inside of the post of the opposite skylight, at the last minute of regulation time (1-0, 90th).

This success would have given the Foxes (3rd) eight points ahead of Chelsea (4th) and especially ten over Manchester United (5th), the first team not virtually qualified for C1. But the gap, ultimately of six and eight units, remains comfortable eight days from the end.

The fault of a superb return from defender Craig Dawson, following a badly cleared corner, that Kasper Schmeichel was unable to get out of the frame (1-1, 90th + 3).

This equalization allows the club in the suburbs of London to take a point ahead of West Ham (17th) and Bournemouth (18th), the first relegation. These two teams were to receive Wolverhampton and Crystal Palace later that evening.


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