Dani Ceballos was involved in a heated clash with teammate Eddie Nketiah in Arsenal’s pre-match warm up before facing Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Both players were named on the bench for the opening game of the Premier League season and were taking part in a rondo with the rest of the substitutes.
But the drill was ended early when Ceballos went in hard on Nketiah, with the forward taking umbrage with the challenge only for the Spanish midfielder to start a shoving match.
That little flair up appeared to have died down, but just seconds later Ceballos went in hard a second time on Nketiah before squaring up to the youngster.
Nketiah stood his ground, with the two teammates going eye-to-eye, before finally a member of the coaching team intervened and dragged the furious striker away from his teammate.
Former Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand played down the scuffle, though, and says it happens all the time in training.
‘Just take a look at the bottom of your screen there, small sided game, and you can see Dani Ceballos looked like he went in a little a bit hard there on Eddie Nketiah.
‘And it carries on there – I guess this is passion right Rio, is this what you want to see?’
Ferdinand replied: ‘Yeah of course, this is part of it. I think at the end of the day sometimes it gets heated. You’d see that probably once or twice a week at the training ground. It’s just we happen to be here, we’ve seen it. I’m sure Arteta won’t be too disappointed to see that.’
Peter Crouch added: ‘That’s good passion I think.’