Arsenal legend Martin Keown suggests training ground bust-ups happen on a regular basis, but the reported spat between David Luiz and Dani Ceballos could suggest a ‘problem within the camp’ at the Emirates.
The Brazilian defender and Spanish midfielder reportedly clashed in training earlier this week, with things getting physical between the pair.
The Athletic reported that Luiz was angered by a challenge from Ceballos and hit him in the face, drawing blood.
The on-loan Real Madrid man disputed the story by tweeting ‘FAKE’ in response to the original article, but Gunners boss Mikel Arteta did not deny the clash had occurred.
Of the incident, 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.’
Keown also tried to downplay the clash, saying that similar things happen regularly, but it could be a sign of unhappiness in the squad as they struggle to find consistent results.
‘If it did happen it wouldn’t be unusual, up and down the country these things happen,’ Keown told talkSPORT.
‘It happens, I’m afraid. There’s a fighting spirit there, you wouldn’t want it to happen too often.
‘They’re sort of brothers in arms, you don’t want family fighting, but they’re not family, you have to draw that line. But you need to keep everyone together as well, Arteta needs to jump on that.
‘It’s always a little bit tetchy behind the scenes in a football club and it overspills sometimes when things are not going quite so well.
‘But you want that competition amongst the group because then, when there’s competition for places you get the best performances.’
Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon as they travel to take on Leeds United and try to climb into the top half of the table from their current spot of 11th.