Mikel Arteta said his side do not lack “humility” after Brighton match-winner Neal Maupay claimed Arsenal “got what they deserved” in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat.
Arsenal threw away a one-goal lead to lose their second match in a week, with Maupay scoring the 90th-minute winner after Lewis Dunk cancelled out Nicolas Pepe’s opener.
Maupay infuriated Arsenal’s players when his challenge on Bernd Leno led to the goalkeeper being stretechered off, and though the Frenchman revealed he apologised to Arteta at half-time, it was his comments about humility – aimed at Matteo Guendouzi after a coming together late on – which stole the headlines.
“At half time I went to the manager Mikel Arteta to apologise. I never meant to injure the keeper,” Maupay told BT Sport.
“I jumped for the ball. I apologise to the team and to him as well. I have been through a bad injury, it is hard.
“Arsenal players maybe need to learn humility sometimes. They were talking a lot. They got what they deserved.”
Speaking to BBC Sport, Maupay added: “One of them was talking the whole game and saying really bad things.