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David Luiz's Fight With Teammate and a Host of Other Arsenal Troubles.

Since Arsene Wenger left the North-London side, there has been a problem of someone who could fit his shoes. All of that problem seemed to be a thing of the past when Mikael Arteta took over.

But currently, that doesn't seem to be the case. Arsenal has continued to move from one problem to another and this has seen them sitting below the top 10 on the Premier League table.

Some of these problems are but not limited to:

David Luiz and Dani Ceballos were involved in a fight during an Arsenal training session last week, according to a report. The pair were sent home from training before being hauled in front of the squad by manager Mikel Arteta. They apologized to each other and the issue has now been put to bed.

A host of Arsenal players jetted off on international duty last week, but Luiz and Ceballos were among those who remained behind and continued trianing with their club.

The two were involved in a training match last Friday and came to blows, reported David Ornstein of 'The Athletic.'

"David Luiz took exception to a challenge by Dani Ceballos and retaliated by hitting him in the face, a scratch drawing blood," said Ornstein.

"Luiz is said to have struck Ceballos on the nose, sending him to the ground. When Ceballos got up to confront Luiz, team-mates and staff stepped in to diffuse the scuffle."

Brazil defender Luiz and Spain midfielder Ceballos were sent home from training as s result of the tussle, and had Saturday, Sunday and Monday off.

Mikel Arteta has played down reports of the fight between Arsenal team-mates in training- saying incidents happen all the time behind closed doors.

He insisted however, that there is now 'no problem at all' between the pair. "I have got a really bad vision from afar, that is why we train behind closed doors", Arteta said with a smile. "Training is very competitive and issues happen a lot of times. Those things get resolved immediately within the team and there is not much to say."

While the emergence of a fight in training will come as something of an embarrassment, it could be viewed positively by some as it shows level of competition within the squad.

If you can remember, prior to their goalless draw on Sunday with Leeds United, Arsenal entered the international break on a low note, as they were thrashed 3-0 at home by Aston Villa. That defeat snapped a run of three successive wins, two in the Premier League and one in Europe.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Ten-man Arsenal managed to grind out a point against a dominant Leeds side after Nicolas Pepe was sent off.

The Whites enjoyed the majority of possession and the chances yet couldn't find a way past Bern Leno. This has seen Mikael Arteta's side losing three of their last four and has placed them 11th on the Premier League table after 9 games.

Pepe's ridiculous attitude in the last match saw him being sent off. His dismissal was Arsenal's fifth red card since Arteta took charge- at least two more than any other team during that time period which is a worrying statistic.

Pepe is still trying to justify Arsenal's club record 72 million pounds outlay on him last summer and again produced little during his 50 or so minutes on the pitch.

Again this week, rumors have circulated about Arsenal and Arteta seeking a creative midfielder.

But when you watch Dani Ceballos dictate play, you wonder whether their system doesn't get the best out of players like him, rather then the Spaniard not being up to scratch.

Would Arsenal's midfield suddenly create a host of chances? it is certainly debatable- don't forget this is a side that dropped Mesut Ozil from their Premier League squad.

Now, the biggest problem I feel is facing Arsenal right now is goal drought. Arsenal's goalless outing at Elland Road means they are now approaching 500 minutes without scoring from open play.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's winner at Old Trafford came from the spot. But before that Pepe's goal against Sheffield United on October 4 was the last time the Gunners broke down their opponents.

There is inevitable lings to the aforementioned creativity issue, but whether that is a personnel issue or a system issue remains a problem for Arteta.

You have to think though, with the names on his squad list, that it is a case of unlocking the firepower.

Ozil's omission from Arsenal's Premier League squad is another challenge facing the North London club.

Ozil has been frozen out of Arteta's plans as the Spaniard has adopted a high pressing 3-4-3 formation, leaving little room for the luxury play maker.

Like I said earlier, Arsenal have managed to score just once (a penalty) in their last four Premier League fixtures though, with critics now suggesting they lack any creative spark.

A plausible solution would be to bring Ozil in from the cold but Arteta has not even registered him in his official 25-man squad.

Speaking on Sky Sports, former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra said: "We are talking about Ozile, a quality player. He won the World Cup! We are talking about creativity. Messi doesn't have a massive work rate- it's not like I can compare Messi to Ozil, but he's playing, so for me it (work rate's) not an excuse. When you have a player like Ozil he has to play. It must be something with the club. It can't be the manage and the players, it's something with the club... but when you have Ozil and a lack of creativity the stats don't lie."

These are a few of the problems facing Arsenal football club right now, thus the question, can it get worse than it has already had, or would get better pretty soon?

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