The dust has settled on the opening two games of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign, and there’s a lot to unpack. While there are still 36 games left for us to analyse, we think that there are a few nuggets of information that can be picked out from what has been, undoubtedly, a really positive start to the campaign for the Gunners.
Two wins out of two against Newcastle United and Burnely have set them up for a nice run as they prepare for games against Liverpool and Tottenham, which, as you can imagine, will pose them a few more problems. One of the main men heading into those encounters, and many of their games between now and the end of the season, will be Dani Ceballos.
The 23 year old Spaniard has been on a good run of form in the early stages of the season, with his performance against Burnley in particular gaining a lot of praise. He was moving the ball around nicely, he looked confident when trying to find different passages of play, and he had the confidence of a player that had been wearing the famous red and white strip for much longer than he actually has been.
One of the boys
Beyond that, though, one thing we loved from Ceballos was his passion. We had heard stories about how he would give 110% every single game, and that really has come to fruition early on. It honestly feels like he is a Gunner through and through, and we can understand why that may come across as a slightly ridiculous statement. After all, the youngster is still finding his feet in English football, and it’s not like his performances have been so outstanding that he’s going to be heading straight back to Real Madrid.
Ceballos feels like a midfielder of old for Arsenal, in the sense that he just gets what it means to be a gritty, hard-working maestro in the middle of the park at this level. We could be overestimating his abilities after a few bright sparks early on, and that makes a lot of sense, but that’s the kind of impact a player like this can have. There are so many new faces for Arsenal fans to enjoy after a strong summer transfer window, and yet, he is the name on everyone’s lips.
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