Mikel Arteta has been speaking recently about the impact of current Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos, and his recent comments seem to suggest that they might look to see if they can sign him permanently in the upcoming transfer window.
Arteta was speaking about the Spanish midfielder (via Daily Express) and said: “I’m really happy with him, the way he’s evolving and I love how much he likes to play football – the passion he puts into every training session, and in every game.
“You just have to see his celebrations. Whether he’s on the pitch or on the bench, the way he celebrates shows how much he puts in – like his life goes into it.
“He’s becoming a really important player. We are talking. The clubs will have communication and will see what we can do.”
The last sentence in particular seems to hint that Arsenal could be interested in signing Ceballos permanently, so the Spanish midfielder has until the end of the season to prove why the Gunners should keep him.
Offensively, Ceballos has managed 1.4 key passes and 1.7 successful dribbles per game, whilst defensively he manages 1.7 tackles and 1.2 interceptions a game, per WhoScored. This highlights that he can make a valuable contribution both with and without the ball.
He is also still quite young at the age of 23 and therefore has plenty of time to develop into an even better player, so the prospect of being able to sign him should excite Gunners fans. Even if Arteta brings in other midfielders, it is good to have a lot of depth in that position as the manager can change it up depending on what team he faces, with Ceballos proving that he can be very useful both offensively and defensively.
His frequent presence in Arsenal’s starting XI suggest that Arteta views him as a very important player and, if they can sign him on a permanent deal, that should be a very smart move, with the Gunners boss investing in him while already knowing what he can bring to the team.
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