Dani Ceballos believes that his recent training camp dispute with David Luiz shows that Arsenal have a character that had not been seen before until the arrival of Mikel Arteta.
Reports suggested that the 24-year-old midfielder was involved in a physical altercation with the Brazilian defender after an argument after a training match during the international break.
Although both players were quick to move forward, Ceballos believes it shows that the team is moving in the right direction under Arteta.
“It was not an exemplary behavior, but it is good to see that Arsenal are alive, that the team has character,” Ceballos told SunSport.
“The team was almost dead, but after Arteta arrived, we won the FA Cup and the Community Shield.
“He did not arrive a year ago and has given a radical change to the club.
“He is the soul of the club and he is lucky that the players trust him 100%.”
At the time, Arteta played down the incident, but promised there would be “consequences” if he discovers the source of the leak to the media.
“Training is very competitive and problems happen a lot,” said Arteta. “Those things are resolved immediately within the team and there is not much to say.
“There is no problem [between the two players] But I don’t like the fact that that incident comes to light.
“And I’ll find out where it comes from, and if that’s the case, that goes completely against what I expect from each other, the privacy and confidentiality that we need, and there will be consequences.”
It is not the first time that Ceballos, on loan from Real Madrid for a season, has been involved in an altercation with a teammate.
He was caught on camera having a disagreement with Eddie Nketiah as the two substitutes warmed up before Arsenal’s win at Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Paul Merson has questioned whether Arsenal are improving on Mikel Arteta, saying the Gunners are nothing more than a half-table team.
“Some people say one step forward, one step back. One step back? That’s nice, ”Merson said. “They were a million miles from Leeds last Sunday.
“He did Arsenal a favor when Nicolás Pepe was sent off, then Leeds ran out of ideas because Arsenal had to sit deeply.
“Just a couple of weeks before, Leicester went to Leeds and gave them four. Leeds let in goals. The teams that beat them are the teams with players who can slide past their defenders; Arsenal don’t have that.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is bringing absolutely nothing to the party at the moment. He played central and was ineffective as before.
“You watch them and think they are a middle team. Looking back on that victory at Manchester United, it doesn’t look so good now. “