David Luiz has denied reports of a bust-up with Mikel Arteta following Arsenal’s defeat to Burnley on Sunday evening.
The Gunners slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat at home in the Premier League as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s own goal sealed a 1-0 victory for Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.
After the match, a report claimed from Football.London claimed that Arteta is no longer on speaking terms with David Luiz and the relationship between the pair has ‘soured’ in recent weeks.
The report also claims that some senior players have ‘mentally clocked out’ in recent weeks under Arteta’s leadership.
But David Luiz’s camp have vehemently denied claims of a fall-out with Arteta.
A representative for the Brazilian has said: ‘David Luiz strongly denies this story about him and Arteta and insists he has a good relationship with Arteta and wishes nothing but success.’
Meanwhile, a statement from Arsenal read: ‘Arsenal have denied that there has been any issue between Mikel Arteta and David Luiz.’
Arteta also denied that his players are panicking as Arsenal are now without a win in five Premier League matches.
‘I wouldn’t say they’re panicking,’ said the Arsenal boss after the defeat to Burnley.
‘Again, it’s my opinion, I can see it in training as well that they try and put the energy in. It’s the same today.
‘A team that is struggling [like this] we don’t normally see play the way that they did today, and with the way they played against Spurs, the leaders, but again, we lost the game.
‘We gave the opponent a chance and they scored. And it’s about winning football matches.’
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