Dani Ceballos delivers his verdict on Mikel Arteta and it is no real surprise

Dani Ceballos has reiterated his desire to return to Spain, but he also praised Mikel Arteta and gave his Arsenal manager a vote of confidence to do great things.

Ceballos spent the last two seasons on loan at the Emirates and Arteta was his manager for the majority of his time in London.

The midfielder had joined the Gunners to gain more playing time as he wasn’t getting enough of it at Real Madrid.

He was instrumental as Arsenal won the FA Cup in the 2019/2020 season and his fine performances prompted the Gunners to bring him back to London on another loan deal.

His second campaign was underwhelming and he struggled with competition for a place in the team after the likes of Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe moved ahead of him in the pecking order.

He has returned to Spain and will hope he features in the plans of Madrid’s new manager, Carlo Ancelotti.

If he doesn’t, he will look for a move away, but it wouldn’t be a return to Arsenal after insisting that he wants to play in Spain now.

‘Arteta is a coach who has been with Guardiola for a few years,’ he told Cadena SER via Mail Sport.

‘He is a coach who in a few years will be one of the best, but I would like to return to La Liga.’

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8 Comments

  1. Matthew says:

    What do you expect from a player who was being spoonfed by Arteta or do you seriously think that any forward thinking manager would be playing ceballos over&over again inspite of all his errors?.personally,i seriously doubt that ceballos will go far as a footballer

  2. Joe Allysons says:

    Why do people think Ceballos and Odegaard play the same position? In his two years at arsenal, he probably played attacking midfielder in one match.

    1. GoonerKaypee says:

      Good point

  3. Deluded_Gooner says:

    Ceballos is a technically talented player but isn’t very consistent. He requires work on the mental side of his game, time which Arsenal can’t afford to give him. Good luck with your career mate and thanks for the memories. Arsenal need new midfields, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Willian, Odegaard – OUT, Neves, Bissouma, Soucek, Klich – IN

  4. gerry burke says:

    well, he would say that, wouldnt he ?.

  5. RSH says:

    lol, everyone keeps saying this when arteta has not shown any proof of it. Just because Pep was his teacher doesn’t mean he will ever be half as good as him.

  6. Andrew Elder says:

    “Will be one of the best in a few years”? I don’t think we can wait a few years. Never ever rated Ceballos as an EPL footballer as per my many previous posts. We spent over £20m on him over 2 years for 4 assists and 1 goal, what a waste of money!!! He won’t make it at RM, they were just happy for us to pay his wages over the past few years, they will just move him on to another La Liga team.

    1. Andrew Elder says:

      “past 2 years” not few.

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