The desire to start the Premier League, the previous tension or perhaps some internal pique provided a somewhat unusual image in the warm-up prior to the match that opened the competition, Fulham-Arsenal.
The protagonists were Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah. The Spanish and the British were participating in a rondo, a very common practice for warm-ups, when the normal bite ended in something else.
The Andalusian threw his leg to take the ball from his partner, and he responded by hitting him with a ball. Ceballos’ reaction was immediate and he immediately went to lay his hands on him with a push. Before things got worse, the partners of both they immediately went to separate them, before the astonished gaze of the rest who saw what happened from afar. The scene was captured by the televisions that were in the field.
You don’t see this every day 👀
Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah got into a heated exchange during a pre-match training routine 👜 pic.twitter.com/u1qMPuZ8Ux
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 12, 2020
Neither of them started, in a match that also allowed Alexandre lacazette enter the history of the Premier League, by becoming the first footballer to score the first goal of two different seasons.
The match was an easy victory for the ‘gunners’, who with a quarter of an hour to go were already winning 0-3.