Mikel Arteta speaks out on bust-up between David Luiz and Dani Ceballos

Mikel Arteta has played down the significance of a reported training ground bust-up between David Luiz and Dani Ceballos and claims there are ‘no problems’ between the pair.

The duo were among a group of senior Arsenal players who have not been away with their national teams over the last fortnight and had been preparing for Sunday’s Premier League game against Leeds at the club’s London Colney training base.

During a practice match last week, tempers are said to have flared and The Athletic reported that Luiz was irritated by a challenge from Ceballos and retaliated by hitting the Spaniard in the face, drawing some blood.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Arteta said: ‘Nothing. The training is very competitive and issues happened a lot of times, those things get resolved immediately within the team and not much to say. There is no problem between the two.’

Asked whether he saw the incident, Arteta added: ‘No. I’ve got a really bad vision from far away! That’s why we train behind closed doors.’

It is not the first time this season Ceballos, currently enjoying his second spell on loan from Real Madrid, has been involved in an altercation with a team-mate.

Back in September, on the opening day of the season, the Spaniard was seen scrapping with Eddie Nketiah during a warm-up exercise and was forced to play down the spat after the 3-0 win.

Arsenal will hope to return to winning way at Elland Road following a damaging 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa a fortnight ago but they will be without headline summer signing Thomas Partey, who is yet to recover from a thigh strain, and Mohamed Elneny who tested positive for coronavirus.

Joe Willock, who has impressed during the cup competitions this term, could come into contention and Arteta revealed he has been delighted with the youngster’s attitude in training.

He said: ‘I mentioned with Joe that I’ve been really impressed with him, the way he’s handled the situation of not having much game time in the Premier League.

‘I haven’t seen him train like he’s done in the last five or six weeks under difficult circumstances. I think the reflection of that is the way he’s playing in the Europa League when he’s had the minutes, or the Carabao Cup in this case. He has a chance like everybody else to play on Sunday.’

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