Two former Arsenal targets in dressing room bust-up

Gianelli Imbula and Florian Thauvin have got themselves in a little scrap this weekend. Not what they need ahead of a Borussia Dortmund visit...

Every now and again in any football team whether Sunday League or Champions League two players will fall out. The likes of Wilfried Zaha and Ravel Morrison recently for example just goes to show that footballers, especially when young, can occasionally let their emotions get the better of them.

And at Marseille that has happened this weekend - with two former Arsenal targets the culprits.

The Gunners were reportedly after Gilbert ‘Gianelli’ Imbula in May of this year - with a reported £8 million deal being loaded up.

Chelsea also joined the race, but in the end Marseille convinced him that staying in France was the best option and snapped him up from Guingamp for around £6 million.

They were after Florian Thauvin about a year ago - when he starred for Bastia in Ligue 1. He went on to choose Lille ahead of The Gunners and Newcastle United, but then left the side for Marseille this summer after his dream move became an option.

But after the game against Nantes this weekend, which they lost 1-0 thanks to a goal from former Rangers man Alejandro Bedoya, the two were reportedly involved in a dressing room bust-up.

“After the match, an argument also opposed Giannelli Imbula to Florian Thauvin . So much so that José Anigo had to intervene to separate the two players, who would come to blows. Black eyes, Thauvin left Velodrome first without a word moments later.”

It comes amid widespread reports of discontent in the team - who recently sacked manager Elie Baup.

And two of the senior players in the team have made that clear this week:

Souleymane Diawara stated : "Some behaviors are beginning to annoy me.If this continues, it will blow up.”

Meanwhile Mathieu Valbuena stated:

"Today young people are eager to play. In the OM , be patient. Young people have changed, they have a lot of talent is undeniable, but I think it is the fault of everyone. You should really change and today's state of mind is not good and it shows on the field. The bench is shouting. We do not see a real collective force, a team. "

Now if things do not go their way in Naples in the Champions League this week Arsenal might need Marseille to do them a favour this week against Borussia Dortmund.

But in all honesty … that looks highly unlikely.

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