Dani Ceballos is the exact sort of player Mikel Arteta wants claims former Gunner

Matthew Upson believes that Mikel Arteta may have singled out Dani Ceballos for special treatment.

Former Arsenal defender Matthew Upson reckons Mikel Arteta is using Dani Ceballos as his creative force in midfield after the midfielder impressed for Arsenal against West Ham.

The Spaniard has generally struggled as an Arsenal player since being brought in and having made a fine start under Unai Emery.

Injuries disrupted his progress under the former Arsenal manager and he struggled to get into the side under Mikel Arteta as well.

He has, however, played his way back into reckoning in the last few games for Arsenal and Arteta has expressed his delight at the player’s improvement.

Speaking about the game, the former Arsenal and West Ham star reckoned that Arteta may have given the Spaniard special dispensation to run the game for the Gunners from midfield.

“Dani Ceballos is probably the one Arsenal player on the pitch who is trying to inject some energy into the game”, Upson said as quoted in the Standard.

“Since Arteta has come in, it’s as if he has singled him out as a player and thought ‘I know I can get more from him, he is going to fit into my playing style’ and he really looks as if he is giving his all for the manager.”

Ceballos will be hoping to get more game time for the Gunners before the season ends as he targets a place in Spain’s Euro 2020 squad.


  1. I miss arsenal midfield fabrigas,cazorla,rosicky,nasri and many others sometimes i still look for old videos of arsenal just to watch a good arsenal football.
    I am tired of seen this overpaid divas making mockery of this club. Even a decent player is now seen as a world class that is how far we have lost touch with reality.
    Please what is this arsenal midfield good at.
    They do not score, they don’t create, can not make intrinsic passes can’t play beautiful, can’t defend can’t attack, can’t press oppositions the more a watch this arenal team the more i appreciate people like fabrigas and cazorla

  2. He misplaced some passes today, but he’s the only spark in the midfield going forward, he’s taking risks instead of the safe playing backward and side passes xhaka, guendouzi does, his passing will improve as time goes on, if he can continue playing like this till the end of the season, I think £25-30 million is a good price to make his deal permanent!

  3. Speaking the about the game there were times he should have made some decisions faster,hes a bit like guendouzi holding to the ball but his defensive duties as to release pressure,intercept and tackle are pretty impressive.Ya he took risks and it could have cost us and that is why we need reliable players in the back 4 because life is all about taking risks.
    And many a times he played safe backwards and sideways and i think that was not a bad thing because possession is very important in these games where the oppositiin hold their structure and looking to counter attack.
    Ceballos was impressive but this is not his best performance,its yet to come✌👌

  4. I thought he played ever so well.. he seems to be getting better and better!

    Also, a big shout out to the dude on the drum yesterday, he never let up all through the game and neither did the fellas with him. I bet they were exhausted after and had lost their voices!! 👏

  5. Dani Ceballos reminds me of Santi Cazorla, he was easily the best player on the pitch yesterday as he was running things from deep & making everything look easy.

  6. Unless Madrid object to losing him completely, I say snatch him.
    He is fluid and helps us flow.
    Likely to be future captain for the -Saka-Martinelli-Nketiah-Saliba-Tierny-SmithRowe era.

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