Introduction of Dani Ceballos on the hour-mark against Liverpool last night seemed to have the most impact. The Spanish midfielder seemed to bring some real intent onto the pitch with him.
Mikel Arteta’s side took the lead through Alexandre Lacazette, who finished off a superb team move by finishing past Alisson.
But Premier League champions Liverpool came from behind to defeated the north London club 3-1 thank to goals from Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Diogo Jota gave the Reds a comfortable victory.
Despite Liverpool get all three points against Arsenal last night, there is one player who made huge impression from Mikel Arteta’s side, which is Dani Ceballos.
The 24-year-old midfielder didn’t start the game with Mohamed Elneny taking up his slot, but he was brought in around the hour mark as a substitute for Granit Xhaka.
After his introduction, Mikel Arteta’s side seemed to play with more energy. His ability ensured that the Gunners were able to hold the ball better. Alongside with Elneny, the Spaniard kept things ticking and created some good opportunities in attack.
One of the hallmarks of this Jurgen Klopp’s side is the intensity with which they press. So, to beat them, you have to beat the press, and this is one aspect where the midfielder excels at. His close control and balance gives him the ability to go past players with ease.
The Gunners created some good goal-scoring opportunities in the second half and that was all down to Dani Ceballos’s passing game. The Spaniard’s desire to make something happen was enough to worry the opposition defense and with better finishing, the score could have been different.
It is intriguing to think how the match would have gone of the 24-year-old midfielder started the game. His partnership with Granit Xhaka has been an important factor in Gunners successful run over the past couple of months, so it was surprising to see him start on the bench.
Mikel Arteta might have had his reasons to bench Ceballos but it did cost the team a win. A win over the Premier League champions would have been a morale booster but they will have to put this match behind them and focus on the Carabao Cup where they will once again take on Jurgen Klopp’s side.