Dani Ceballos breaks silence on training ground scuffle with David Luiz
Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos believes that his training ground scrap with David Luiz shows the squad has ‘character’.
Reports from earlier this month claimed that the two players had a set-to during a training session at London Colney, which resulted in Ceballos being left with a scratch on his nose which drew blood.
The Spaniard dismissed the rumours as ‘Fake news’ on social media, but he has now admitted that there was indeed an altercation between him and Luiz.
Speaking to The Sun, however, he insisted there was no hard feelings between the two.
“I’m not going to say that there wasn’t a clash or a scuffle,” Ceballos said.
“It was not an exemplary behaviour but it is good to see Arsenal is alive, that the team has character.
“We are two footballers with very similar leadership qualities and these things can happen.
“We didn’t let a single day go by. We spoke that same afternoon after training. Now we have to learn so it does not happen again.”
It is believed the scuffle took place after Luiz took umbrage with what he thought was an excessively strong tackle from Ceballos, and both teammates and coaching staff had to intervene to break the fight up.
Giving his view on the incident, manager Mikel Arteta seemed more frustrated with the fact it had been leaked to the media than what actually took place.
“I don’t like the fact that that incident comes out at all,” he said.
“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.
“Training is very competitive and issues happen a lot of times. Those things get resolved immediately within the team and there is not much to say.
“There is no problem at all.”