We’ve finally seen the back of 2020, and here’s hoping that this year will be a lot better to each and every one of us, in every possible way.
And with the turn of the year comes the January transfer window, with all the rumours and ‘reports’ that follow it like a pack of crows. Here’s two of the most recent ones concerning Arsenal.
Real consider Ceballos recall
Apparently, Real Madrid are not happy with the number of minutes Dani Ceballos is spending on the pitch in the Arsenal shirt and are contemplating options for his recall to the Spanish capital.
Having been extremely important for the successes the Gunners achieved towards the end of last season, it cannot realistically be disputed that the Spaniard has lost just a little bit of his role this term. With 16 Premier League games behind us, Ceballos was in the matchday squad for all of them, but only eight as a part of the starting XI, making six more appearances off the bench.
It would seem that if there’s any truth in the report, coming from Calciomercato, Real’s reaction is a bit over the top. Ceballos may not be a nailed-on starter at the moment, but he’s certainly still important, and playing 14 league games from 16, more than half of those as a starter, can hardly be called not playing.
Be that as it may, both Ceballos and Arteta will want the situation cleared up as soon as possible – providing there’s anything to clear up in the first place.
Omar Rekik to have Arsenal medical?
According to German publication Bild, Hertha Berlin defender Omar Rekik has been given permission to undergo a medical ahead of a proposed move to Arsenal, which is set to cost the club around €600,000 (just over £532k)
Rekik is a 19-year-old, 6’1” centre-back, also capable of pitching in as a defensive midfielder if need be. He would initially join Arsenal’s Under-23 side for his levels to be assessed with a view of first-team integration.
Head of the Arsenal Academy Per Mertesacker, a former centre-back himself, is apparently a big fan of the youngster. He tried to sign him for the Gunners last summer, but his efforts obviously failed at the time. Nonetheless, he never gave up and it seems he’s finally cracked the case.