Mikel Arteta has warned that there will be consequences for the person who leaked details of a training-ground bust-up between David Luiz and Dani Ceballos.
Manager Arteta is on the hunt for a mole in his Arsenal camp and feels the revelation undermines the culture and unity he is trying to create at the Emirates.
‘I don’t like the fact the incident came out at all,’ Arteta said. ‘And 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.’
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta (above) has been left fuming after seeing details over Dani Ceballos and David Luiz’s training ground bust-up leaked out of the club
Asked specifically if he would address staff and if there would be repercussions, Arteta responded simply, ‘Yes.’
Luiz and Ceballos clashed in training eight days ago, needing to be pulled apart by manager Arteta after a challenge from the latter sparked the bust-up.
Luiz lashed out at Ceballos, leaving the Spanish midfielder on the ground and with a scratch on his nose.
As he climbed to his feet to confront Luiz, Arsenal players and staff stepped in to diffuse the situation.
Arteta insists there is no issue between Ceballos (left) and Luiz following their training ground-bust-up that left the former with a scratched nose
Ceballos and Luiz clashed in training last Friday, with the Brazilian lashing out at his team-mate
Luiz and some of Arsenal’s other senior players are understood to have taken exception to Ceballos’s rough treatment of some of the club’s younger players during a training match.
It is not the first time Ceballos has been involved in such an incident. He also clashed with 21-year-old striker Eddie Nketiah ahead of Arsenal’s season opener at Fulham.
Arteta said: ‘Whether it is a coincidence or not, it doesn’t change things much.
‘It is just the competitive levels that we demand and the standards that we want to set, but obviously it is a very thin line where it is a competitive issue and where it goes somewhere else that we don’t support and we don’t want.’
The two players have since apologised to each other ahead of their clash against Leeds
Ceballos has already clashed with another Arsenal team-mate in Eddie Nketiah (left)
Luiz and Ceballos have apologised to each other and Arteta insists there is now ‘no problem at all’ between the pair.
Arteta has also held talks with Brazil forward Willian and resolved matters ‘internally’ after his lockdown trip to Dubai, which appeared to be in breach of Government guidelines restricting non-essential travel.
Arteta said: ‘We had a conversation and I explained what I expected of him. There are a lot of personal factors at the moment and, as well from our side, we need to be in their shoes.
‘Whether they are right or wrong, it’s a thing that we have to discuss.
‘But it has been dealt with in the right way, so let’s move on.’
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