Matteo Guendouzi will face no punishment from the FA after a coming together with Brighton’s Neal Maupay on Saturday.
The Arsenal midfielder grabbed the French striker briefly around the neck at the final whistle of the 2-1 defeat, leading to fears he might be handed retrospective punishment and potentially a three game ban.
In a statement released this afternoon, the FA said:
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.
Both clubs were ‘reminded of their responsibilities’ over the mass confrontation, which is frowned upon anyway but particularly at the moment because of the new Covid-19 protocols.
Guendouzi is probably a bit lucky to get away with it, but after seeing Maupay go unpunished for his foul on Bernd Leno which led to the German sustaining what’s feared to be a serious injury, as well as losing Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari in the game against Man City, it’s about time we had a small slice of good fortune.
Earlier Mikel Arteta had called on his players to express their frustrations in the right way, but will now have the 21 year old available to him for Thursday’s trip to Southampton.
Quite how he sets up his midfield remains to be seen, but it’s clear the one he selected against Brighton did not function as well as he would have liked.
There might be room for a Mesut Ozil recall, but with Xhaka and Lucas Torreira suspended, the manager’s options are pretty limited.