Ceballos officially an Arsenal player but will his signing solve the big issues?

So, Dani Ceballos is now officially an Arsenal player after the club announced his signing on a one-year loan deal from Real Madrid.

Ceballos is a good player, he showed that in the recent U21 Euro Championships but it is not a permanent deal and I have to ask, are you now more positive following this acquisition?

I am, but only slightly, he is not a player we needed desperately, he is not a central defender or even a winger and while he could fill the vacant Aaron Ramsey spot I am not sure he is exactly a box to box midfielder either.

From what I can gather, he is more of a number 10, even though he will wear the number 8.

Apparently, Ceballos is a versatile player and can play in various midfield positions but he is not a defender and neither his he an out and out winger.

It would be wrong to be too negative because he is a quality player that will no doubt do a job for us but I remain frustrated that we have not focussed on the areas in the team that we need to sort out as a matter of urgency.

Will the signing of Ceballos stop the leaking of goals? Not in my opinion and that is what we have to concentrate on.

It does feel petty to not be overwhelmed by this signing but that is the attitude the club has created in the fans because we are not stupid, we need defenders and for all the will in the world, Ceballos is not a defender.

But who knows, he may be just one of a number of new signings that does include a few defenders and in that scenario, I would be far more positive than what I am right now.

Put it this way, Ceballos would be great for us next season if we strengthen other areas as well, if we do not, then what is the point?


  1. Sirjoe says:

    Welcome Ceballos. i hope you’ll hit the ground running

  2. kev says:

    Admin Martin check this out
    ITK’s take

    Ceballos’ take

    Look at the time difference and it’s inexplicable to think it’s a guess.He could’ve also said Bellerin and Monreal so as to make the guess more believable because after all both are Spanish

    1. kev says:

      Guys check out the links.Compare the time differences too and explain to me the guess.Also don’t forget Monreal is Spanish too

    2. Pet says:

      Kev what is Ur take on Everton and zaha. Also if kos is leaving then arsenal needs a defender.

      1. Bryan Churchill says:

        Kev,iv been a silent reader for a decade..I’m arsenal in my blood. Would I be rgt in wanting Everton soares kiern Tierney & a center back or 2.! That would make me start to believe again

        1. kev says:

          Welcome.Yeah we all hope so

      2. kev says:

        Zaha is the priority then Everton

  3. Sue says:

    Yay we’ve signed someone (even if it is a loan!) Excited ?

    1. Nero says:

      I came to just arsenal to see the negativity and i wasnt disappointed…lol. there must always be something to moan about…lol

      We didn’t sign players moan
      We sign moan…bcos its a loan move etc.

      I like how raul and co are doing business silently and intelligently..two young hot prospects and zero amount spent, if you add benaca and ospina fees.

      Am sure if they read all the moaning here thed have sleepless nights..but am glad their putting negatives to shame..with their silent yet effective other clubs copy this nect season..

      Anyways ill be expecting moans like ceballo out on his few off days,lol…but am sure he will put nay sayers to shame, with what ive seen on YouTube..he looks good.

      All in all..if arsenal pull of Everton and zaha…we will be a force to contend with globally,defenders or no new defenders…

      Emery trying quietly building a world class team.this is great especilay on low budget [wengers model)

      1. Admin Martin says:

        You literally come on here to moan at us, think about that.

        1. kev says:

          The irony?

          1. Nero says:


            Me thats your no one fan on here?


            Anyways welcome saliba!!!
            Its confirmed

          2. kev says:

            I kind of found it hilarious.Lets just be happy for once that we got some signings in the bag

      2. Sue says:

        Oh excuse me, Nero… I said I was excited about him, but not so much about it being a loan, because even if he does set the PL alight, which I hope is the case, he’ll still be going back to Spain at the end of the season… plus our other loan deal (which I was excited about too) last season didn’t exactly work out well did it??? ?

        1. kev says:

          We have a first refusal on him should Madrid decide to sell

          1. Declan says:

            Problem is if he has a good season his price could be astronomical but hey ho.
            By the way Nero, yours is the biggest moan I’ve seen today, even bigger than mine?

          2. ArseOverTit says:

            Welcome Danny Boy!

        2. Nero says:

          @ sue

          I wasnt referring to you..

          I was taking a digg at the constant ” cup half full ” perpective that admin martins sees things

          1. Admin Martin says:

            You will just love my later articles Nero, they another bunch of realism and I now know you cannot handle that.

          2. Sue says:

            Well your comment was a reply to mine, so what else was I to think? Ok no worries…..

  4. gunnertz says:

    nice work agent belerin now time to make sure he’s gonna hand in permanent transfer request at the end of the season, this means no more ozil in the first 11, iwobi n mustafi get ready

  5. Diogenes says:

    Ceballos is more defensive than Mkhi and Ozil.

    He can play Xhaka’s position – he’s an excellent defensive playmaker
    He can play box-to-box when needed, replacing Ramsey.
    He can play the number 10, replacing Ozil/Mkhi
    In crisis, he can deputise at RM/RWF as he is a decent enough winger

    Seems a no brainer and could be very useful when we have injuries. He’s also still progressing…

    We still need a LM/Lwf and a LB, while CB depends of selling Koscielny and deciding if Chambers wll primarily play as DM or CB…

    Let’shope for the best.

    1. gotanidea says:

      I don’t expect much from him, because he cannot even dethrone Kroos and Modric as Real Madrid’s main deep-lying playmaker

      However, if Emery is willing to replace Xhaka with him, maybe he could offer a better playmaking

      1. Eddie Hoyte says:

        oh please, be reasonable, how many midfielders on the planet can dethrone the Famous Toni Kroos and Luka Modric?
        You’re always sentimental.
        In a few years time he’ll be taking the spot of one of those players

        1. NMC says:

          My thought exactly Eddie

          1. ozziegunner says:

            Agree Eddie and Zidane seems to have set ideas about players. Ceballos is only 22 and has a point to prove with his desire to make it at Real Madrid.
            He has stated that he has a good relationship with both Emery and Bellerin. If he is made welcome and has a happy and successful season, he may decide he wants to stay and Zidane might not want him back.
            As Diogenes states I feel that Ceballos has the ability and game to fill multiple roles in midfield. In particular he has the skills and composure to fill the Santi Cazorla deep playmaker role to help in bringing the ball out of defense.

      2. PatH says:

        Tell me any players in the world who could dethrone Madric and Kroos.You will have a big job finding them if there are any for less than 120million. Good luck.

  6. mayert says:

    Arsenal’s biggest problem is midfield and I am happy we’re getting some talented players there, who can dribble and take ball forward. Cuddos….. Now we need winger in mould of Coeman and we’ll be done. Don’t listen to this nonsense of “We need defenders”. The only solution to defense problems is
    1)having a strong midfield and
    2)having the right defender selections by the coach i.e. choice between Mavropanos, Sokratis, Kolasinac and Holding as center-halves.

  7. kev says:

    Arsenal have a first refusal option on Ceballos but the disadvantage is that there is no fixed price on that.Saliba was also done with his medical and photo shoot and headed back to France with his agent yesterday so I expect him to be announced like Fraiday

    Now it’s time for Teirneyyyyyyy

    1. Alee says:

      Still not excited, if only we can get a decent CB or two.

      1. kev says:

        Deluded club.Thankfully Kos would’ve forced their hands

    2. Inlovewitharsene says:

      Kev how is Tierney’s deal going? Any other news?

      1. kev says:

        As I’ve been saying it’s a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’.I maintain Celtic are resigned to losing him hence why they have three LB’s.The news Sky and the other sources have been parroting about the deal being dead and looking at other options are embarrassing.

        1. RSH says:

          Sky has actually stuck by the deal still being on. I give credit where due. And will also give you credit for saying Ceballos going through despite Asensio injury.

          1. kev says:

            Then I believe Sky deserve credit if they aren’t part of the sources parroting that Tierney deal is dead and we are looking for other options.Must be true as the Scottish Sun quoted them today in regards to the Tierney deal

    3. Th14 says:

      Arsenal Twitter just announced Saliba? #YaGoonersYa

      1. kev says:

        Wow that’s earlier than I thought.He did his yesterday

  8. MadHatter says:

    Not convinced Ceballos has been brought in as Ramsey replacement…. seems more of a Cazorla replacement to me which hopefully means less of the woeful Xhaka.

    Either way definitely an exciting signing even if only on loan (hopefully with first dibs if RM sell)

  9. ThirdManJW says:

    We do need him desperately. Ozil, Miki, and Xhaka are completely useless, and along with Ramsey’s departure, we’re so weak in central midfield.

    We need some defenders, and a winger now.

  10. kev says:

    Admin Martin please allow the links.I just want to show proof

    1. kev says:

      Well at least you know the truth.There can be no excuse for those two links and once again proves my point.Times are changing and many years from now the number of leaks will be exponential.Even dogs might get info

    2. Kenny Rolfe says:

      Admin like the rest of is getting bored and I don’t blame him

  11. gotanidea says:

    I believe his job is to push Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Xhaka in the middle of the field, which was something Denis Suarez failed to do

    Since Arsenal have a good relationship with Real Madrid and Real Madrid have an abundance of wingers, Raul and Emery should try to loan one of their young wingers

    Ceballos doesn’t excite me because he is not a high risk taker like Isco and he cannot even take the main deep-lying playmaker position from aging Kroos. But I bet Vinicius Jr or Rodrygo Goes can be a game changer at Arsenal

    1. Diogenes says:

      Kroos is 29 – a perfect age for a CM.

      Loaning Real’s proper wingers won’t happen now that Asension is a long-term injury…

      1. ozziegunner says:

        gotanidea, you have “the wrong idea” on Ceballos, as a footballer and midfielder.

  12. Innit says:


    He can play at the back of central midfield with Torreira or CAM instead of Ozil

    So Ramsey replacement for this coming season is sorted

    Now winger, CB, RB and LB

  13. Grandad says:

    Ceballos is an excellent attacking midfielder who is blessed with great technical skill on the ball and high energy levels .He works none stop and always seems to have time on the ball, something that Ozil and Mik no longer have.They are the two who will come under real pressure for a place.Let’s hope Real Madrid have an excellent season without Ceballas in which case we may have a better opportunity to buy him outright.

    1. ozziegunner says:


  14. DAN the cannon says:

    It’s a functional additional but as a loan it isn’t inspiring or a show of club ambition. That is now two of the four signings mooted by the management so hopefully the next couple of signings will get the mood more positive amongst most fans. The negativity I keep reading is starting to get me down now. I don’t think the club fans will be happy with anything that’s done in the transfer window.

    1. Mobella says:

      It is only us arsenal fans that can come with the statement like…..It’s a functional additional but as a loan it isn’t inspiring or a show of club ambition… Bayern loaned Hame for 2 seasons, Loaned Coman for 3 season, Chelsea got Kavacic on loan, Juve had 4 midfielders from free transfer nobody from anywhere not even their fans made such degrading and disparaging statement. No wonder someone called my beloved sit justmoan and I just moaned about your comment ??

      1. Dan the cannon says:

        Wow, not sure my comment justified your response. It’s just a fact I was stating we don’t have a buy option agreed so it is an addition for the season that is functional meaning it’s something we need. Stop moaning!! You give this site a bad name! Seriously though he hopefully makes a difference Although I’m more keen to know who the remaining two signings are gonna be that’s where I’m excited

        1. kev says:

          We have a first refusal option on him should Madrid decide to sell.Yes, the negative thing is that puts his fee into uncertainty as it might be very high

        2. Sue says:

          Zaha & Tierney ?? and I’ll be very happy (despite what Neŕo might say ???)
          Just put it down to the heat, Dan…

          1. Dan the cannon says:

            It’s a good day with two signings confirmed so maybe the heat has even got to the board. I’m with you sue on Zaha, genuinely think that will make us much more competitive and create space in the middle for Ozil and others. KT would be welcome as well and I’ll be an excited gooner for the season ahead. Wouldn’t mind a cb and would be content with a Cahill type free for the season but now I’m just being greedy. I might even sign that contract now as well. Kev my concern is no price agreed for cellabos which is why I said it’s functional right now and no idea if we could afford him so will be gutted if his year with us is excellent

          2. Sue says:

            Well I’ll make sure I send my tic tacs to the Emirates ???

          3. Nero says:


            Am with you on this one Sue,

            For me it’s Everton over Zaha though..

            If we land the two..not sure we won’t win the league

          4. ozziegunner says:

            Sue, I also would prefer Everton Soares (Brazilian international and 4 years younger) over Wilfred Zaha (Ivory Coast international). The difference in transfer fee can be put towards either buying Kieren Tierney LB or Daniele Rugari CB with change left over.
            Kev any news on Rugari (Juventus) or Cisse (Olympiakos), either one of which would be good CB signings?

          5. Sue says:

            That’s fair enough, Ozzie.. from what I’ve read about him, he’d be a great signing. I just hope our signings don’t stop there – 2 in 1 day!! I’m buzzing & want more ?

  15. Seng says:

    Saliba has signed too

    1. Seng says:

      Go and check

  16. Tom says:

    Tierney apparently is millions apart and a new deal is close.

    Saliba announced
    Ceballos announced.


    1. Seng says:

      Hope we sign Everton too

  17. mikey says:

    kev any news on ZAHA

    1. kev says:

      New bid will go in for Zaha

      1. Ryan says:

        Kev you know how much we are bidding please don’t say under 55 million

        1. kev says:

          Exactly that amount?

  18. aMoistMuffin says:

    Welcome Saliba and Ceballos. Things finally falling into place. I hope Tierney is next then a CB that can come straight in to the team. Then a star signing on the wings and that would be a really successful summer in my opinion. Fingers crossed but i wont hold my breath.

  19. Seng says:

    Zaha is overrated Everton will be better signing than zaha

  20. RSH says:

    Happy about the signings. Were very touch & go but both over the line. Ceballos should give us a massive spark in our midfield. We’ve needed a player like him since Cazorla became injured. And hopefully Saliba has a good year on loan and can be a regular in our side for years to come. Now lets get LB/Winger/CB and sell at least some of our deadwood. Still got things to do!

  21. Seng says:

    Now I’ll wait for Tierney and Everton to sign for us then we’re good to go for trophies

  22. Sue says:

    Sorry to go OT.. but did anyone see Ozil’s tweet to a spud fan about their trophy cabinet? ???

    1. Phil says:

      Yeah saw that Sue-Top reply from Ozil that shuts those Cave Dwellers up.

      1. Sue says:

        Good old Mesut, bloody brilliant, Phil ?

      2. ACE says:

        Happy that both Saliba and
        Ceballos deals have been sorted
        and hopefully more surprises are
        on the way. I would love to see
        the following players stepping on
        to the Emirates pitch in a few
        weeks time

        Tierney (£25M)
        W. Orban (£20M)
        S. Bergwijn (£35M)
        Kenny Lala (£15M)

        £95M spent and LB/RB/CB/ and
        the wings have been addressed.

        Sell Xhaka, El Neny, Jenkinson,
        Monreal and Mustafi(LOL) and AFC
        would be out of pocket less than
        the pathetic £45M rumored summer


    2. Welbeck says:

      Whaaaaat?? Let me have a look

  23. jamdownyouth says:

    We desperately need a CD but what’s even more worrying is that we have failed to offload any of the “deadwood” which does nothing to ease the massive wage bill. Maybe Arsenal should cut their losses and offer some of these players at a lower price to tempt other teams into taking them assuming the player himself is willing to go.

  24. Declan says:

    Is that correct that Ceballos cost us £15 million for the season?

    1. Lisa says:

      Even Ronaldo won’t cost that much ?

  25. Tommogun58 says:

    Cabellos is a very good player very skillful and can take a very good free kick,I am looking forward to seeing him regularly in our team Mr Emery.
    Good to see some of these deals are finally coming off lets hope there are more to follow, but please not Zaha lets have Soares.

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