Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta plans to hold a staff meeting to identify who is responsible for the leak of a training ground dispute between Dani Ceballos and David Luiz, vowing “there will be consequences” for the person involved.
Details of a fight at the end of a practice match on Friday were made public earlier this week with Luiz accused of reacting to a strong tackle from Ceballos by punching the Spaniard in the nose.
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It was also claimed that Luiz drew blood with a scratch before staff members separated the couple. Ceballos took to Twitter to declare the story “false,” but sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday that there was indeed an altercation between the couple, although neither player was sent home as a result.
Arteta tried to downplay it in his pregame press conference on Friday before the Gunners’ weekend trip to Leeds United, but said: “I don’t like the fact that that incident comes out at all. And I’ll find out where it comes from of and if that’s the case, it goes completely against what I expect from each other, the privacy and confidentiality that we need, and there will be consequences. “
When asked if he will address his staff on the matter, Arteta replied, “Yes.”
It is the second time that Ceballos has been involved in an incident with a teammate this season after colliding with Eddie Nketiah during the warm-up leading up to Arsenal’s victory at Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League campaign.
“Whether it’s a coincidence or not, it doesn’t change much, it’s just the competitive levels that we demand and the standards that we want to establish,” Arteta said.
“But obviously it is a very thin line, where it is a competitive issue and where it goes to another place that we obviously do not support and do not want. But it is a contact sport and incidents and they are going to happen, it is about how to solve them within the team and the people and how it moves from there. “
Ceballos has been an unexpectedly peripheral figure this season, starting just six matches in all competitions, and is battling Joe Willock for a retirement with Mohamed Elneny in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 while on international duty for Egypt and Thomas. I start and struggle with a thigh strain.