Despite claiming a vital three points on Monday against West Brom, somewhat understandably a fraction of Arsenal’s players will not be happy with how the team performed, as they failed to break down the Baggies until the dying minutes.
Having suffered two defeats in a row before Monday’s clash frustration levels were expected to be high, and even though Olivier Giroud popped up to score the vital winner two members of the squad in particular were not happy following the game – leading to reports of a heated exchange between Gabriel Paulista and new signing Lucas Perez.
But, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger (via ESPN) has played down the significance of this public spat – putting it down to the players’ individual personalities.
“I don’t know what it’s about, I didn’t see it. But they have a South American temper, and Spanish, so that can sometimes happen.
“I don’t believe that anything bad happened. They are two good friends, very close to each other. So that is already forgotten now.”
Even though the north London club claimed a vital three points, Arsenal’s performance levels will need to pick up for their next match against London rivals Crystal Palace with a significant nine-point gap between Wenger’s men in fourth and Chelsea at the summit now following Antonio Conte’s side’s win over Bournemouth.
The Pensioners also have two tricky away trips to Tottenham and Leicester City following their New Year’s Eve match-up with Stoke so now is the time for Arsenal to really show their title-winning credentials.
While a bust-up between teammates is never something that’s nice to see it does at least show there’s a fiery side to this Gunners team – something many have seen as lacking since they last tasted success in the Premier League over a decade ago.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena