Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he has dealt with winger Willian’s unauthorised travel to Dubai.© AFP
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he has dealt with winger Willian’s unauthorised travel to Dubai, but would not reveal whether the Brazilian will be dropped for Sunday’s Premier League travel to Leeds. Willian used to be pictured on Instagram at the Nusr-Et steakhouse in Dubai with celebrity owner Nusret Gokce, more commonly referred to as “Salt Bae”. Under coronavirus restrictions in England, international go back and forth isn’t permitted excluding for limited purposes such as work or education. Alternatively, the United Arab Emirates isn’t on the United Kingdom’s quarantine list and the 32-year-old Brazilian has been ready to go back to training this week.
“Whatever happens with things we do not expect we will be able to try to get to the bottom of them internally,” Arteta said at his pre-match press convention on Friday.
“That’s been dealt with and explained. We had a conversation and I explained what I used to be expecting.
“For each and every player, there are a large number of personal factors nowadays.”
Arteta has had to care for a series of issues over the international break, as Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac tested positive for coronavirus when with their national teams.
David Luiz and Dani Ceballos are also reported to have had a training ground bust-up that resulted in Luiz hitting Ceballos in the face.
And Gunners’ captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had to spend a night on an airport floor with his Gabon teammates, as they were delayed getting through customs in Gambia.
“It used to be an experience,” Arteta added on Aubameyang, who signed a new contract worth a reported $463,000, in September.
“I said to him I’m certain for a few years you have not slept on the floor. Take it as an experience and when you’re in your bed at night, consider how good it is, how comfortable it is and how fortunate you are.”
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