Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah got embroiled in an angry bust-up before their Premier League clash against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
Ceballos was the player in the middle of the circle, with the other five outfield substitutes attempting to pass the ball around the Spaniard.
However, the on loan midfielder – for a second season from Real Madrid – went in late on striker Nketiah which led to the duo coming together.
You don’t see this every day ?
Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah got into a heated exchange during a pre-match training routine ? pic.twitter.com/u1qMPuZ8Ux
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 12, 2020
They could be seen pushing each other and exchanging heated words before the warm-up continued.
However, seconds later Nketiah decided to smack the ball at Ceballos, which led to left-back Sead Kolasinac interfering and breaking the pair up.
Nketiah was dragged away by Kolasinac, though as that was happening, Ceballos continued to vent his anger, pointing towards Bukayo Saka, who was also among the substitutes.
BT Presenter Jake Humphrey brought the incident to the viewer’s attention alongside pundits Rio Ferdinand and Peter Crouch as can be seen in the video above.
Humphrey said: “We just noticed a little something happening out on the pitch.
“Just take a look at the bottom of your screen there, Dani Ceballos there looked like he went in a little bit hard on Eddie Nketiah and it carries on a little bit as well. I guess it was just passion Rio, is that what you want see?”
And Ferdinand says incidents like that happen all the time at training grounds and doesn’t think Mikel Arteta would be disappointed to see that from his players.
“Yeah of course it is, it’s part of it,” said Ferdinand.
“”It’s part of it. I think at the end of the day, it gets heated. You’d see that once or twice a week down at the training ground.
“It’s just that we happen to be here and we’ve seen it. I’m sure Arteta won’t be too disappointed with that.”
Peter Crouch added: “Good to see I think.”
After the game, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta told his press conference he was inside at the time of the incident and did not see what happened.
“I haven’t seen anything. I was inside,” he said when asked about what happened between the pair.
The coming together didn’t put the team off their performance, going on to win the game 3-0.
Debutants Gabriel and Willian impressed, getting a goal each, whilst Aubameyang was also among the scorers.
Fulham boss Scott Parker on BT Sport: “It’s a big challenge, I’ve said that before. We all realise the challenge ahead. Saying that, for 45 minutes in that first half I liked a lot about us. The fine margins at this level, the fine detail, is that you probably need to be a bit more ruthless when chances fall.
“Second half at times we accepted things; but this is part and parcel, this is our journey, we understand where we are and what we need to do. This is a long season for us, and we know where we need to improve. How we move forward will be the bigger test for us.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “It was really good,” Arteta said when asked about the debutants’ performances. “Obviously for Willian. He knows the league, the country and is very settled here so I knew his performance would settle straight away.
“For Gabriel it was a big challenge for him today to come in. He hadn’t played any football in the last six months and he had a terrific performance.”
Fans reacted after seeing Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah in the angry bust-up before the Fulham clash…
Heard Nketiah said this… ? pic.twitter.com/bz39ZSilrU
— Ryan ? (@LFCRyxn) September 12, 2020
This isn’t passion this is two players throwing there toys out the pram because there not playing, need to put that aggression into the game and they might start ??♂️
— Jamie Ohara (@Mrjamieohara1) September 12, 2020
Cellabos clearly angry he had to come back to a midtable club.
— Chrispur55 (@chrispur1955) September 12, 2020
Banter FC is back again
— Alex James (@ytfcaj00) September 12, 2020
Nketiah should have chinned him out tbh and I don’t say that lightly because Ceballos is in my my FPL
— Blaine L (@blaine_scfc) September 12, 2020
@DaniCeballos46 man, if Arsenal wanted a chaotic man in camp, could have hired a bouncer and equally a mad man. Learn from @MatteoGuendouzi or catch the next plane to Madrid. No one will miss you. Because we don’t want the Arsenal family to break anymore
— Sk Mwaluko (@mwalukoSk) September 12, 2020
Arsenal players always accused of being ‘too nice’ and I’m glad to see two players pissed off they aren’t starting a game. Players get in each others faces a lot more than we see because they are professional athletes and you have to be competitive to make it at this level.
— Foxx Bat (@foxx_bat) September 12, 2020
How tf is that passion Ceballos could’ve easily injured Nketiah I’d be having a go at Ceballos there’s no need for that.
— Richard Saunders (@richjsaunders28) September 12, 2020
Eddie and Ceballos squared up already… it’s gonna be a long season man?
— Max. ♣️ (@AFCMax9) September 12, 2020