Mikel Arteta opens up on feud between his key players ahead Everton clash

February 28th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has broken his silence on a feud between Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba.

The centre-back partners exchanged angry words as they left the pitch after the Gunners beat Leicester 1-0 on Saturday.

Despite keeping their first clean sheet in seven games, they argued with each other and Saliba apparently gave Gabriel a shove.

Arteta seemed relaxed about the situation when asked ahead of his side’s game against Everton on Wednesday.

The Spaniard insisted that his defensive duo have a “happy marriage”, refusing to go into detail regarding what happened or caused the incident.

Arteta said: “They love playing with each other. But they are really demanding of each other, which is good. Everything is fine.

“I don’t want robots, I want players with feeling, with passion, that demand [more] from each other and that have a chemistry and those two certainly have that chemistry on and off the field.

“I love that even when winning, they want each other to do better.”

Arsenal will be desperate to improve on their result from the last time they played Everton, having lost 1-0 at Goodison Park in February.

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