Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos believes that his training ground scuffle with David Luiz shows that the team has character.
Reports earlier this month claimed Ceballos and Luiz had an altercation on Arsenal’s training pitch at London Colney which resulted in the Spaniard coming off with a cut on his nose.
Ceballos previously described the reports as “FAKE” on Twitter, but he has now admitted that the incident did happen.
“I’m not going to say that there wasn’t a clash or a scuffle,” Ceballos told The Sun.
“It was not an exemplary behaviour but it is good to see Arsenal is alive, that the team has character.
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“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.”
According to the original report from The Athletic, the incident took place during the international break earlier in November.
When Mikel Arteta blew the final whistle on a training match, Luiz confronted Ceballos over a challenge the midfielder had made and struck him on the nose, with a scratch drawing blood.
Ceballos fell to the floor before getting up to retaliate, prompting teammates to break the players up.
Commenting on the incident previously, Arteta seemed more annoyed that it had been leaked to the media than that it had occurred in the first place.
“I don’t like the fact that that incident comes out at all,” he said, as reported by The Mirror.
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