Highlights Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal

Sportsmail-Arsenal’s disastrous Premier League restart continued on the south coast when they surrendered a 1-0 lead, lost to a 95th minute goal from Neal Maupay and had their goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, carried off on a stretcher after he sustained what appeared to be a serious knee injury following a first half collision with Brighton’s French striker.

Arsenal lost Bernd Leno in the first half to a serious-looking knee injury after claiming a ball under pressure from Neal Maupay

Arsenal lost Bernd Leno in the first half to a serious-looking knee injury after claiming a ball under pressure from Neal Maupay.

There was a melee after the final whistle when Maupay was confronted by Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and fell to the floor. Other players joined in and there was some pushing and shoving before Maupay was led away by Sead Kolasinac. ‘Some of the Arsenal players need to learn humility,’ Maupay said afterwards. ‘They got what they deserved.’

The 2-1 victory lifted Brighton five points clear of the relegation zone and was early vindication for their chief executive Paul Barber, who had fought hard for the right to play home games at the Amex rather than neutral venues. Brighton still face a difficult run-in but this smash-and-grab raid has established a gap between them and their fellow strugglers.

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