Neal Maupay sends warning to Arsenal ahead of Brighton showdown

Neal Maupay scored Brighton’s winning goals in both of their victories over Arsenal last season (Picture: Getty)

Neal Maupay insists Arsenal hold no fears for Brighton, despite the Gunners appearing to get their season back on track with a morale-boosting win over Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Mikel Arteta’s side ended a run of seven games without a Premier League victory by defeating their London rivals at the Emirates and moving six points clear of the relegation zone.

Failure, however, to back that encouraging result up at the Amex tonight would pile the pressure back on Arteta and Arsenal’s record on the south coast does little to inspire confidence that the Gunners are capable of posting back-to-back wins for what would be only the second time this season.

Maupay scored the decisive goals in both of Brighton’s victories over Arsenal last season and was embroiled in several controversial incidents during the 2-1 win back in June.

The 24-year-old’s challenge on Bernd Leno resulted in the German goalkeeper suffering a knee injury which ruled him out of action for three months and was also involved in an altercation with Matteo Guendouzi.

Bernd Leno suffered a knee injury in a challenge with Neal Maupay against Brighton last season (Picture: Getty)

Maupay subsequently accused Arsenal’s players of lacking humility in his post-match interview and is targeting another upset this evening.

He said: ‘I watched the Arsenal game. They’ve got good players and they are not in the league position they want to be in or deserve.

‘We beat them twice last season so we are not scared, we don’t fear any team in this league.’

Maupay, who ended his long wait for a goal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against West Ham, added: ‘I have struggled for the last few weeks in terms of confidence in getting the goal but I never give up and keep trying hard.

‘I was relieved on Sunday and even more happy with what the team showed. It’s frustrating that we only drew but the way we fought was good. Any away point is a good outcome.

‘As for me, I try to be the best I can – sometimes that doesn’t work, but when it doesn’t work you have to keep trying.

‘I am working at being more consistent. As a team, we’re not happy with where we are at the minute, but we know what we need to work on and improve.

‘We have confidence and faith that things are going to change and we will climb the table.’

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