According to reports, Dani Ceballos had been trying to force
his way out of Arsenal this month before backing down when the club stood their
ground in the closing days of the winter transfer window.
had been excited back in August when the club completed a season-long loan from
Real Madrid for the 23-year-old.
Spanish international has been hindered by injuries during his time in North
London and his latest attempt to get a move away from the club will not have
gone down with manager Mikel Arteta.
technique should be able to earn him a place in Arsenal’s starting lineup on a
regular basis, but it’s not worked out so far for Ceballos. What’s made things
worse is Mesut Ozil finding his form again since Arteta replaced Unai Emery
Ozil is a
popular player among Arsenal fans, not to forget he was a part of Joachim Low’s
German national team that won the 2014 World Cup.
has been restricted to just seven starts and a further four substitute
appearances from a possible 24 Premier League games so far this season. His
last Premier League appearance was a 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton
Wanderers on 2 November.
He’s only been
handed two starts in the UEFA Europa League group stage too – a competition
that the Premier League side have handed a number of fringe players start to
prove themselves. This has proved very beneficial to Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli
and Joe Willock, who have gone on to earn plenty of domestic league action
following their performances in Europe.
goal for Arsenal so far came during a 4-0 win over Standard Liege in the Europa
League back in October, but his career has not kicked on from there. He has
just two assists to his name too – both coming in a 2-1 win over Burnley in the
second game of the season.
looks far short of the confident player who was excellent at the UEFA Euro
under-21 championships over the summer, in which he scored twice and assisted
two more in five appearances as Spain won the tournament.
He’s even been
able to handle his own at Real Madrid in the past, prior to Zinedine Zidane
being rehired and seemingly not being a fan of the player. Hence the loan deal.
Arteta will give Dani Ceballos another chance at Arsenal remains to be seen,
but I am confident Arsenal fans will not give up on the player between now and
May. Just like a number of Arsenal blogs who continue to keep the faith in the
player. We sure know what he’s capable of, it’s now up to the player and the
manager to start proving that on the pitch.