MIKEL ARTETA admitted Bernd Leno’s injury “doesn’t look good” following his side’s defeat to Brighton.
Arsenal’s No1 goalkeeper had to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher following his collision with Neal Maupay.
The German shot-stopper landed awkwardly on his right leg as he tried to collect the ball ahead of Maupay.
Arteta revealed after the game that he does not know the severity of the injury – but admitted it did not look good.
He said: “It doesn’t look good but we don’t know anything yet.
“I don’t know, it was too far from me. I’m sure he [Maupay] did not have the intention to do that.”
Leno appeared to be shouting abuse at Maupay as he left the pitch on a stretcher.
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But the Seagulls star, who scored the winner in stoppage time, apologised to Arteta during the interval.
He said: “At half-time I went to Mikel Arteta to apologise.
“I never meant to injure the keeper, I just jumped for the ball.
“Some of the Arsenal players need to learn humility sometimes, they were talking a lot and got what they deserved.
“Until the keeper gets the ball you never know what can happen.
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“It’s football there is contact, I am really sorry for him, I apologise again and wish him a speedy recovery.”
After Leno was forced off the field, Arsenal took the lead when Nicolas Pepe fired his effort into the far corner.
But their joy was short-lived as Lewis Dunk levelled the scoring seven minutes later before Maupay scored in stoppage time to claim the three points.