Mikel Arteta would not be drawn into providing any detail into a reported training ground bust-up between Dani Ceballos and David Luiz, but in roundabout terms confirmed that something had happened.
As expected, he played it down as one of those things that happens at every club, without it being a big deal, but the manager was unhappy that the information had made it to the public domain.
The story was reported by David Ornstein in The Athletic, and despite Ceballos labelling it ‘FAKE’ via his own Twitter account, Arseblog News understands the story is accurate.
However, asked if he was concerned that the sanctity of the dressing room/training ground had been broken, Arteta’s terse response made it clear that he was far from pleased about that aspect of the story.
“I don’t like that at all and I will find out where it’s coming from,” he snapped.
“If that’s the case, it goes against what I expect from each other, the privacy and the confidentiality that we need.
“There will be consequences.”
He is expected to address staff to discuss the matter, and quite where it will go from here remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, he insisted there was no problem between the two players, and both are in contention for Sunday’s visit to Leeds.
It’s the second incident Ceballos has been involved in, after a bust-up with Eddie Nketiah in the warm-up at Fulham on the opening day, but Arteta again played down the seriousness of it, putting it down the competitive environment in which players exist.
“Whether it’s a coincidence or not it doesn’t change things much,” he said.
“It’s just the competitive levels that we demand and the standards that we want to set.
“Obviously, it’s a very thin line where it’s competitive issue and when it goes somewhere else, which we don’t support and don’t want.
“It’s a contact sport, incidents are going to happen, after it’s how you resolve them within the team and with the individuals and move on from there.”