Dani Ceballos’s performance in Arsenal 4-0 win over Norwich City on Wednesday evening was exactly what Mikel Arteta was crying out for.
The Spanish midfielder has too often against Manchester city, Brighton and Southampton – spend too much time on the ball and get caught in midfield.
But that wasn’t the case against Norwich as to benefit of those ahead of him, his movement of the ball was much more quick and accurate.
Ceballos ran the show for the Gunners from midfield, especially in the first half. The 23-year-old has been excellent under Mikel Arteta in the middle of the park and his performances will tempt Arsenal to keep him at the club beyond the end of this season.
Despite, Ceballos hasn’t quite scored and assisted as much as he would have liked, he has been integral in Arsenal’s build-up play since the turn of the year.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta was delighted with his performances in Arsenal 4-0 win over Norwich City and hinted that he might try and keep him for another season, if not more.
He said: ‘Both clubs (Arsenal and Real Madrid) have been in communication.
‘I really like Dani & what he brings to the team. He has a big personality to play & takes the ball in any area of the field. He has improved so much & he looks a really good player’
Los Blancos don’t really need him at the moment but they certainly won’t make it easy for Arsenal to sign him.
The Gunners, like many other clubs, are facing financial difficulties ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
A player of Ceballos’ quality will certainly not be cheap which will make it difficult for Arsenal.
Another season-long loan deal with some sort of clause to buy Ceballos would be a smart move by Arsenal but whether they can convince the player and Real Madrid to accept that is an entirely different story.