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Neal Maupay was as happy with his post match interview with Thierry Henry as he was with his late goal, as he was speaking to the man whose goals he grew up watching.
Brighton had the chance to go top of the Premier League table on Monday night when they faced rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Instead it looked like they were heading for defeat, following Wilfried Zaha's goal from the penalty spot in injury time at the end of the first half, after Leandro Trossard brought down Conor Gallagher in the box.
With commentators talking about the loss for Graham Potter's team, as 94 minutes of the game ticked over, Maupay pounced on a bouncing ball, following a poor goal kick from Palace, and lobbed Vicente Guaita to make it 1-1.
Neal Maupay scored a dramatic last-minute equaliser to salvage an unlikely draw for Brighton at Crystal Palace in a feisty 1-1 draw...— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 27, 2021
After the match, Maupay was interviewed on Monday Night Football by Henry, a man accustomed to the kind of beautiful finish he'd seen from his fellow Frenchman, and the Brighton forward was a little bit starstruck of his interviewer.
"I'm very happy because I grew up watching you score goals - nice to meet you!" 🤩— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 27, 2021
He may have just netted a last-minute equaliser in a derby, but Neal Maupay was still slightly star-struck when speaking to Thierry Henry on #MNF! 🇫🇷🤝 pic.twitter.com/GDGbm5DQ1R
Look at the impact Henry still has on players. Maupay could barely speak.— JB™️ (@gunnerpunner) September 27, 2021
This whole interaction between Maupay and Henry is very, very wholesome— Ameé Ruszkai (@ameeruszkai) September 27, 2021
Maupay looking starstruck when Thierry Henry spoke to him was just the cherry on top wasn't it? He's really just a top lad #BHAFC— Josh (@I_Lasciel_I) September 28, 2021
Thierry Henry speaking French tells Neal Maupay: "Neal, relax against Arsenal next weekend"— AfcVIP⁴⁹ #KroenkeOut (@VipArsenal) September 27, 2021
Maupay: "You know, I like scoring against Arsenal!"
Henry: "I know, I know" 😬 pic.twitter.com/4mw2fblYF5
Henry is obviously an Arsenal legend but Maupay isn't so popular in the red half of north London, after his clash with several Gunners in 2020.
The Brighton striker was involved in the incident where Bernd Leno was stretchered off in a game against the Seagulls in June last year, with the keeper blaming the former Brentford striker for his injury.
Maupay then rubbed salt in the wound as he grabbed a 95th minute goal, as he did on Monday, to shock Mikel Arteta's team and win all three points.
Matteo Guendouzi was later sent off for grabbing his fellow countryman by the throat at the full time whistle, and the Brighton star claimed the Gunners needed to learn humility, making him all rather unpopular at the Emirates.
Clearly though, the 25-year-old hasn't let that get in the way of his respect for Henry, however he'll put that love aside when he faces the Premier League legend's beloved Arsenal on Saturday.
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