For the second time in a matter of months Arsenal have exacted a small piece of revenge on one of their Premier League foes.
Back in July, the Gunners beat Watford on the final day of the season to send the Hornets back to the Championship.
Arsenal fans were quick to gloat, as Troy Deeney’s infamous ‘cojones’ jibe came back to bite him.
And with Tuesday’s win over Brighton, Mikel Arteta’s men were able to issue their own kind of response to another striker’s assessment.
Back in June, shortly after ‘Project Restart’, the Seagulls beat Arsenal 2-1 through a late Neal Maupay header.
Following the game, Maupay suggested that the Gunners squad “need to learn what is humility”.
"One of them was talking the whole game and saying really bad things,” he said.
"When I scored I just had to say 'listen, that is what happens when you say bad things on the pitch'.
"Arsenal players maybe need to learn humility sometimes. They were talking a lot. They got what they deserved.”
Arteta quickly responding to Maupay’s verdict: “He can say whatever he wants, I know my players and one aspect that they don’t miss for sure is humility.”
Returning to the Amex for the first time since that dramatic defeat, Arteta was able to name a side punctuated by youthful exuberance.
The likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka inspired Arsenal to a 1-0 victory, perhaps highlighting a clear shift in the club’s attitude.
Where will Arsenal finish in the Premier League this season? Have your say here.
Saka played a starring role in the win and Arteta’s post-match comments appeared to show a dressing room filled with the kind of humilty Maupay felt was absent just six months ago.
“I would like everybody to be cautious and let him be and let him develop,” he said.
“He’s got the right teammates as well to support him all the time, give him confidence, keep his feet on the floor, but as well to give him support and confidence.”
Perhaps Maupay’s assessment was the driving force behind an attitude change in north London. But either way, Arteta’s side are on a mission to prove their doubters wrong.
* Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip
Source: Read Full Article