Dani Ceballos speaks out on Arsenal training ground bust-up with team-mate David Luiz

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Dani Ceballos claims his training ground bust-up with team-mate David Luiz showed that ‘Arsenal is alive’ and that Mikel Arteta’s men have ‘character’… but Spaniard vows to not let it happen again

  • Dani Ceballos and David Luiz scrapped at Arsenal during the international break 
  • The incident occurred during a practice match leaving Ceballos with a scratch 
  • The Gunners stars spoke and apologised to each other later that same day 
  • Now Ceballos claims that the scrap shows the team has character and is alive

Dani Ceballos has claimed his training ground bust-up with Arsenal team-mate David Luiz demonstrates there is still ‘character’ in the team.

The pair had to be separated by manager Mikel Arteta after a challenge by Ceballos in a practice match during the latest international break sparked a scrap which left the midfielder with a scratch on his nose.

Now speaking to The Sun, the Spain international did not deny that the scrap took place but claimed it showed the leadership qualities that both he and Brazilian defender Luiz possess. 

Dani Ceballos (left) says scrap with David Luiz (right) shows Arsenal have character in the team

Ceballos (centre) and Luiz (left) had a bust-up at London Colney during the international break

Ceballos (centre) and Luiz (left) had a bust-up at London Colney during the international break

The scrap left the midfielder with a scratch on his nose following the first team training match

The scrap left the midfielder with a scratch on his nose following the first team training match

‘I’m not going to say that there wasn’t a clash or a scuffle,’ Ceballos, 24, said.

‘It was not 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.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was forced to separate the pair and ended the training session then

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was forced to separate the pair and ended the training session then

But the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder insists the duo will both learn from the experience

But the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder insists the duo will both learn from the experience

‘Now we have to learn so it does not happen again.’

Sources claim Luiz, along with other senior players, had repeatedly taken issue with Ceballos over his rough treatment of some of the younger players. 

Luiz then hit out at the Spaniard, and when he rose to confront the defender, players and Arsenal staff moved quickly to de-escalate the situation.

Arteta immediately ended the session, and the Gunners stars apologised to each other.

But the Arsenal boss, when asked to comment on the scrap last week, played his cards close to his chest and channelled his inner Arsene Wenger, who was notorious for claiming he did not see certain incidents.

Luiz had reportedly taken issue with Ceballos over his rough treatment of some younger stars

Luiz had reportedly taken issue with Ceballos over his rough treatment of some younger stars

‘[It was] nothing [other] than training is competitive and issues happen a lot of times and those things get resolved immediately within the team and not much to say,’ Arteta said last week before his side’s 0-0 draw at Leeds.

‘I’ve got a really bad vision from far. That’s why we train behind closed doors. 

‘There is no problem between the two. I’ve got a really bad vision from far’.

Arteta however was left furious by the leak of the bust-up and warned to take action if he found out the culprit.

It is not the first time Ceballos has clashed with a team-mate this season. He had an altercation with Eddie Nketiah on the campaign’s opening day win at Fulham.

Ceballos also had an altercation with Eddie Nketiah on the campaign's opening day at Fulham

Ceballos also had an altercation with Eddie Nketiah on the campaign’s opening day at Fulham



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