Dani Ceballos has rejoined Arsenal on a season long loan from Real Madrid. The Spanish international become an important component of Mikel Arteta’s side last season, and played a key part in our FA Cup success. He formed a solid partnership with Granit Xhaka, catching the eye with his energetic, committed performances, which also brought some small measure of creativity to our midfield. It was quite a turnaround from a few months previously when he gave serious consideration to cutting short his loan spell, but having been challenged by the Arsenal boss, he responded by ‘training like an animal‘, winning over his compatriot to become a regular starter.
Arteta was keen to bring him back, saying, “Dani knows really well what I think about him. He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us. Last season, Ceballos made 37 appearances in all competitions, despite missing months due to a serious hamstring injury, scoring twice and making two assists. He will be looking to improve on those stats during the new campaign. It’s good news for the Arsenal midfield, which is still an area of uncertainty, but securing the 24 year old – who is desperate to play for Spain in next summer’s European Championships – is a positive development.
It’s believed there are no obligatory purchase clauses attached to the deal. Ceballos becomes Arsenal’s third summer signing, with the arrivals of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes boosting the Gunners’ squad ahead of Arteta’s first full season in charge. Last season Ceballos wore the number eight shirt at the Emirates, and the Gunners have confirmed that he will once against wear the same jersey.