Mikel Arteta has responded to an apparent Arsenal rift between Dani Ceballos and David Luiz.
One of the most publicised incidents that always catches the public’s gaze is training ground bust-ups. They happen at every level of football, from Sunday League to Arsenal and everywhere in between.
Generally speaking, they’re solved in the immediate aftermath, or over the course of the next few training sessions. Unless it’s all-out warfare, they’re little cause for concern and, in fact, usually a positive sign that training is competitive, high-intensity affair.
Thus, Mikel Arteta should have no ill-feelings over the incident, one which was brought to light by The Athletic. It was stated that David Luiz hit his teammate on the nose during the first week of the international break, drawing blood, having not taken too kindly to a hefty challenge from the Spaniard. The air was cleared shortly after but both players were sent home.
While Arteta has stated he’s not concerned over what happened, thoughts allayed to the BBC, although he expressed his anger at the leaking of the information.
"“I don’t like the fact that that incident comes out at all. I will find out where it is coming from and if that is the case, that goes completely against what I expect from each other, the privacy and the confidentiality that we need, and there will be consequences.”“Training is very competitive and issues happen a lot of times. Those things get resolved immediately within the team and there is not much to say.“There is no problem at all.”"
Arteta made no bones about his displeasure, with the ‘consequences’ expected to be dished out following the result of an internal inquiry to determine the guilty party.
Such leaks are almost unavoidable at top-flight clubs of Arsenal’s stature, but having worked tirelessly to change the culture, information being leaked to sources outside of London Colney has naturally riled the Spaniard.
Regarding the incident, it’s now the second time that Dani Ceballos has been found in disagreement with a team member. On the opening day he was caught in a heated dispute with Eddie Nketiah during a warm-up at Craven Cottage, although the pair reconciled shortly after.
Ceballos’ passion is infectious. It’s one of his most endearing qualities. Sometimes that boils over and tempers fray, but it’s hardly controversial. The source of the leak, however, evidently is.