Arsenal fans were thrilled to learn that Dani Ceballos would be returning to the club for a second loan spell at the Emirates, mainly due to his form towards the end of last season. He enjoyed a positive start to life in North London before dropping off a bit, but he managed to revive his tenure – coinciding with the arrival of new manager Mikel Arteta.
During a recent interview, Ceballos has been open about how Arteta helped him in rediscovering his mojo.
“To be honest, it wasn’t easy for him because he was coming into a dressing room that had already had two other coaches and where the team hadn’t been able to get the results that everyone wanted,” Ceballos told Arsenal Digital.
“It wasn’t easy for me to get into the team either because I was coming off the back of a long injury lay-off. I felt like I should be playing but I was wrong about that because I wasn’t fit. The coach was really straight with me and said that if I got myself fit and kept working hard, I’d have a chance of getting back into the team.
“I ended up performing well and repaying the faith he’d shown in me before the Newcastle game. From that moment onwards, we started to build a good coach/player bond and things went well for me personally. I think he’s made me a much better player in the last six months.”
Nobody knows for sure whether or not Ceballos will be able to keep up the run of form he’s been on, but with the momentum that the club has built for themselves lately courtesy of the FA Cup and Community Shield wins, you’d have to think that anything is possible.
The new season is going to be an interesting one and it all starts this weekend against Fulham. Sometimes we see the newcomers from the Championship cause a surprise or two on the opening weekend, but Arsenal need to be more ruthless than that. The Cottagers are going to be rusty whereas the Gunners are riding a strong wave of momentum, and if they fail to take advantage, they could wind up dropping points – which will be pretty unacceptable when you consider some of the stronger teams they have to play in the weeks to come.
Are you excited to see what Ceballos can continue to produce for the club?