Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta addresses reports of David Luiz-Dani Ceballos training ground fight

The teammates are said to have had an altercation in training

Arteta would not reveal if Willian would be in the squad for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Leeds – but he did stress that there were other factors to be considered.

“We had a conversation and I explained what I was expecting,” added Arteta.

“There are a lot of personal factors at the moment and as well from our side we need to be in their shoes.

“A lot of players are having different issues, like any public person out there, and sometimes they make decisions based on the needs or the moment or what people are expecting from them.

“Whether they are right or wrong, after obviously it is a thing we have to discuss. But, again, it has been dealt in the right way and let’s move on.”

Arteta also saw his captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have to spend the night sleeping on an airport floor after the Gabon squad had trouble getting into Gambia ahead of an African Nations Cup qualifier.

The extra headaches will not have been welcomed by Arteta, with both Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac testing positive for Covid-19 during a hectic international break.

Arteta will also be unable to call on deadline day signing Thomas Partey at Elland Road with the Ghana midfielder missing through a thigh injury suffered during the 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.

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