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After hitting the last-gasp winner, Maupay was confronted at the full-time whistle with Guendouzi placing his hands on his fellow Frenchman. Photo: REUTERS

After hitting the last-gasp winner, Maupay was confronted at the full-time whistle with Guendouzi placing his hands on his fellow Frenchman. Photo: REUTERS

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After hitting the last-gasp winner, Maupay was confronted at the full-time whistle with Guendouzi placing his hands on his fellow Frenchman. Photo: REUTERS

Matteo Guendouzi has escaped a English Football Association charge despite putting his hands around Neal Maupay's throat at the end of Arsenal's defeat at Brighton.

The Gunners slipped to a 2-1 loss as Maupay struck in injury time after Brighton captain Lewis Dunk had cancelled out Nicolas Pepe's opener at the AMEX Stadium.

Earlier in the game, Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno appeared to suffer a serious knee injury as he fell awkwardly with Maupay in close proximity, with the Germany international gesturing his displeasure to the forward as he was taken off on a stretcher.

After hitting the last-gasp winner, Maupay was confronted at the full-time whistle with Guendouzi placing his hands on his fellow Frenchman.

The incident was missed by referee Martin Atkinson but was picked up and reviewed by the video assistant referee and so Guendouzi will face no further action.

The FA has warned and reminded both Brighton and Arsenal of their responsibilities following the coming together at the end of the game.

An Arsenal player tested positive for Covid-19 days before the resumption of the Premier League season.

The unnamed individual had also come into close contact with two other members of the squad, meaning all three were expected to enter a period of self-isolation.

But it is believed that, after everyone returned negative results during the previous round of testing and with no symptoms on show from anyone at their London Colney training base, Arsenal were keen to test again in case of a false positive result for the player in question.

Once they had appeased the Premier League that there was no infection, the three players were able to return to training a day before the season restarted.

It is understood the trio then all played some part of the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last week.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta had previously tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the original scheduling of the fixture in March, leading to top-flight football being halted for 100 days.