In what many Arsenal fans would consider a shocking decision, The FA have decided not to punish Matteo Guendouzi for the post-match incidents that occurred when the midfielder was caught on video grabbing Brighton’s french striker Maupay by the neck.
The FA Statement read
“Matteo Guendouzi’s conduct during this incident was not seen by the match officials at the time, but it was subsequently reviewed by the VAR, so he will face no further action
This will come as good news to Mikel Arteta who has started the midfielder in the two games since the restart of the league. With injuries to midfielders Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira, the Arsenal manager is already short of numbers in that department and a suspension would have been cause of a lot more worry. Guendouzi was incensed by the Brighton’s player’s role in injuring Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno during the game. A situation which certainly rules the goalie out for the rest of the season.
Arsenal boss had earlier called for his players to show emotions in a proper way, stating
“When we show frustration we have to show it in the right way, I haven’t seen the images [of Guendouzi] or what happened, but we will talk about it if that is the case. Emotionally, we have to control the situations much better.”
Matteo Guendouzi disciplinary issues are highly reported even before his joining Arsenal and he young Frenchman was also reportedly involved in an incident with the manager at the clubs training camp in Dubai earlier in the season
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) February 25, 2020
Arsenal plays Southampton in their next game. A game The Gunners would have to win to keep their remote hopes of qualifying for Europe alive