The Arsenal FC is still bobbing around in the gray midfield of the Premier League and chasing after its own demands visibly strains the team. In training, there was literally tangible evidence that the Gunners are feeling a certain amount of frustration.
With four wins and as many defeats, Arsenal are only eleventh in the Premier League table after eight match days – for the traditional club, the mediocrity of last season is abruptly continued. In training, the pressure was recently expressed in a confrontation between David Luiz and Dani Ceballos that also resulted in blood flowing.
According to a report by The Athletic had coach Mikel Arteta hold a training game last Friday, in which the players who did not travel to their national team took part. With the final whistle by “referee” Arteta, Ceballos got into the game hard against Luiz. The Brazilian got up in rage and countered the attack of his actual teammate with a slap in the face.
According to the report, Luiz hit the Spaniard so hard that he was bleeding from his nose. The other players and the coaches immediately intervened and prevented further escalation.
Arteta immediately sent the two home and continued training with the rest of the team. After that, the players had a three-day break. When they met again on Tuesday, both opponents apologized to the team. After that Arteta gave them time to put things out of the world.
The talk therapy showed its effect and further training has so far been without complications. Arteta has been calling for more fire in the team for a long time, even if Luiz surely shot well over the target with the blow against hotspur Ceballos, this incident could play Arsenal’s cards.