The last international break this year may be over, but Arsenal’s problems don’t seem to be. The situation with Mesut Ozil, completely frozen out of the team while under a £350,000-per-week contract, and the relatively recent disciplinary issues with Matteo Guendouzi which eventually saw the French midfielder sent out on loan are problems hard enough in themselves. On top of that, Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac have both tested positive for Covid-19 while with their respective national teams. And now this.
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.
The confirmation has come through that Dani Ceballos will be returning to Arsenal for another loan spell, continuing a strong transfer window for the Gunners. After the news was announced, Arsenal.com spoke with the man himself to get his thoughts on his comeback.
“I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined, I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch,” he told Arsenal Digital.
Dani Ceballos will be an Arsenal player in 2020/21 after all, according to Goal.com Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts.
The Spanish midfielder spent last season at the Emirates on loan from Real Madrid, and though his ability to fit in seemed different at different stages of the campaign, he made a big contribution towards the end and head coach Mikel Arteta was particularly keen on having the player at his disposal past this summer.
Ceballos had returned to Madrid after the Gunners triumphed in the FA Cup final and Real were said to be keen on a sale. He still had no place in the plans of Zinedine Zidane and they apparently needed the money.
Arsenal, as the FA Cup winners, are set to face Premier League champions Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday, and head coach Mikel Arteta spoke to the press ahead of the match, providing some updates on the likes of Willian, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and others.
First of all, the boss was asked about Willian adapting to new surroundings. The Brazilian winger will certainly need some time to absorb all the new stuff around him, but he undoubtedly possesses the right qualities to make it as an Arsenal player and help the team going forward. The coach is obviously impressed with the attitude of the 32-year-old, who, having won a lot in his career, is still hungry for more.
Dani Ceballos is keen on turning his season-long spell at Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid, which is set to expire at the end of the month, into a permanent transfer, according to Alex Richards of the Mirror.
David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and Dani Ceballos have all agreed deals to remain at Arsenal, the club have officially confirmed.
There has been much debate over the future of David Luiz in recent months. Long after it was reported that his commitment to Arsenal on arrival from Chelsea last summer was set to keep him at Emirates for two years, it transpired that the deal was actually for one year with the club having the option to extend it for one more. The option expired, but head coach Mikel Arteta was apparently keen to keep hold of the experienced Brazilian past this summer.
Dani Ceballos has reportedly dropped a big hint that he could leave Real Madrid this summer permanently.
The midfielder joined the Gunners from Real on a season-long loan last year, and Arsenal reportedly have an option to turn the deal into a permanent one for around €40 million, which many believe they don’t have the finances to do at the moment. The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly caused a lot of clubs to change their plans regarding transfers, and it’s expected will be seeing a lot more loans and swap deals than outright contract purchases.
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are confident that they will be able to extend the loan deal for Dani Ceballos past the date agreed for its expiration – June 30th.
The game has been completely suspended across Europe and at the moment, it’s hard to foresee when or how the 2019/20 season will end. In England, the suspension is currently set to last until the end of April at the earliest, and the Premier League clubs are scheduled to hold a meeting early next month to discuss the possibility of a ‘best-case scenario’ – the season being continued sometime in the middle of May. If that proves doable, the goal will be to finish the campaign before the end of June, but there is still a strong possibility of league games being played well into the summer.
Dani Ceballos, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid on a season-long loan last summer, gave an interview to Spanish newspaper Marca recently and spoke mostly about his time with Arsenal.
It hasn’t been going very well for the midfielder in North London. He started seven of the opening 11 Premier League games and was introduced from the bench in the other four, before suffering a torn muscle bundle which kept him out of action for the following nine. He returned to the bench for the win over Manchester United on New Year’s Day, and he hasn’t played since.