Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi will not face any disciplinary action despite appearing to grab Brighton and Hove Albion striker Neale Maupay by the neck as the incident was reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
The 21-year-old lost his cool following a heated match and clashed with Maupay shortly after the Brighton striker scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory deep into stoppage time. Having gone ahead through Nicolas Pepe’s second-half effort, Arsenal were pegged back by Brighton captain Lewis Dunk, laying the platform for Maupay’s dramatic winner the consigned Mikel Arteta’s side to a second straight defeat since the Premier League resumed.
The post-match incident appeared to stem from an earlier collision between Maupay and Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with the Germany international forced off the field on a stretcher with what appeared to be a bad knee injury.
Leno reacted to Maupay’s attempted apology by aggressively confronting him as he was taken from the field, and Guendouzi appeared to continue that by grabbing Maupay shortly after in an off-the-ball clash that was not seen by the referee Martin Atkinson.