Mikel Arteta no longer speaking to David Luiz after vowing to ‘destroy’ whoever was behind Arsenal training ground leaks

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Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal reign is crumbling (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal star David Luiz is no longer on speaking terms with manager Mikel Arteta after the Spaniard vowed to ‘destory’ whoever was behind the leaks that led to reports of a training ground fight between the Brazilian and team-mate Dani Ceballos.

The pair were sent home from the training ground after the duo were separated following a fight in a practice match during an international break in November.

At the time, Ceballos denied the reports but Arteta admitted them a day later and he was furious that the fight was leaked.

‘I don’t like the fact that that incident comes out at all,’ said Arteta.

‘I will find out where it is coming from and if that is the case, that goes completely against what I expect from each other, the privacy and the confidentiality that we need, and there will be consequences.’

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Luiz had a training ground fight with Ceballos (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Ceballos has been in and out of the side all season, but Luiz had been a virtual mainstay until he recently suffered a head injury in a defeat against Wolves.

However, Football.London claims the incident has had a lasting effect on Arteta as he was so furious that the fight had been leaked.

Arteta is said to have vowed to ‘destroy’ the culrpit, with the report claiming that a series of agents had gifted the story to the press.

It’s claimed since that Arteta is no longer on speaking terms with Luiz, with the mood between the pair having ‘soured’ over recent weeks.

That is just one element of the unfolding crisis at the Emirates, as Football.London claim the squad were unhappy with Arteta’s decision to criticise Nicolas Pepe for his red card against Leeds in November.

Arteta was scathing in his television interviews after the Ivory Coast winger was sent off for an off-the-ball incident at Elland Road.

Certain members of the squad were said to be miffed at Arteta’s decision to publicly criticise a member of the team and feel that it added to a hostile atmosphere at the club.

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