Arsenal star David Luiz reportedly hit Dani Ceballos in training last week, drawing blood, and Mikel Arteta’s reaction has been revealed. Arsenal are looking to get back to winning ways this weekend after losing three of their last four matches.
They’ve faced a tough start to the new campaign having played against Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester and Manchester United in their opening eight games.
And tensions seemingly reached boiling point in training last week during the international break.
A number of players remained at Arsenal for Arteta to work with heading into the game against Leeds on Sunday.
Luiz and Ceballos were among those who were training in a small group.
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And The Athletic report a practice match last Friday descended into some chaotic scenes.
Luiz is said to have reacted angrily to a challenge from Ceballos before allegedly striking his team-mate in the face with a scratch drawing blood.
Team-mates had to step in to separate the two players before they were sent home early.
The small group were given the weekend off before returning to training on Tuesday where Luiz and Ceballos were both apologetic to their colleagues.
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Ceballos took to social media to call the allegations “fake”.
But the report goes on to suggest that the fiery training altercation is something Arteta wants to see more of.
It is claimed that Arteta may well see the incident as a positive for the long run.
The Arsenal boss has also opened up further on the situation surrounding Mesut Ozil, admitting to be “hurt” at not having the 32-year-old in his squad.
“With Mesut at the moment, with the squad list obviously he cannot be involved. I tried to be as clear as possible with himself and with all the media and fans because I think they deserve to know the reasons why,” he said.
“Some people would understand it and a lot of people wouldn’t understand it because of the player he is [and] what he’s done for the club.
“I’m hurt because I don’t like any players in my squad not to have the possibility to participate or to compete. For me it’s really sad because I think nobody deserves that. And we have a few in our squad now because of the numbers we have with foreign players.
“But at the end of the day I’m sitting here to make decisions, to make the decisions that in my opinion are best for the football club, and this is what I have to do.”
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