Unai Emery issues statement on Dani Ceballos’ future at Arsenal


After being quizzed by reporters, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has had his say on Dani Ceballos’ future with the Gunners. The Spaniard has made 12 appearances this season.

According to Mirror Football, Arsenal boss Unai Emery believes it is far ‘too soon’ to for the Gunners to be considering the permanent signing of midfielder Dani Ceballos.

The ace turned in some impressive performances for us at the beginning of the season. However, the creative midfielder has only started in two of our last five games across all competitions.

The Mirror add that reports are indicating that we’re hopeful of securing the ace’s permanent signature for £30m at the end of his loan spell.

Emery moved to dismiss these reports, reiterating that it’s “very soon to say that” when quizzed about the 23-year-old’s future with the Gunners.

Emery was speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of our Europa League clash with Vitoria this evening.


Ceballos in action for Arsenal this season.

Here’s what Emery had to say on Ceballos’ future in north London:

“I think it is very soon to say that, Ceballos is doing great things here, he’s playing regularly.”

“Of course I know he has a lot of potential and I think this is just the beginning.”

“But always all the players need time to adapt to the Premier League. He’s in that process and I really want to accelerate it.”

“We are trying to use that energy and enthusiasm reflected in the way we want to play.”

“He has had some good games, sometimes it’s not been easy for him. But I think that’s normal.”

“But I think it’s very soon to say that we want to incorporate him in different conditions.”

“We are only in October, still a long way to take that process.”

“The ultimate goal for me with Ceballos is that he can bring us all his potential and help us to achieve all our goals as a team, with more positive performances. We are more than happy to count on him.”

Ceballos has made 12 appearances across all competitions for us so far this season, although some fans may find it concerning that around half of those have come off the bench.

One of our most important players has stated that his ‘first and foremost’ priority this season is to help us win the Europa League. The would pick European glory over a top four finish.

Ceballos is certainly an extremely talented and technically-gifted player for us to have at the club, but should we be focusing on integrating Mesut Ozil back into the team instead of focusing on the Spaniard’s development?

It’s clear that Ceballos adds slightly more balance to our midfield than Ozil, but is Emery’s decision to play in half-measures the reason why some of our performances have lacked a cutting edge?

If the former PSG and Sevilla boss found a way to utilise Ozil in the central attacking midfield role that he’s made a name for himself in over the years – we’d be much better in the final third.

Tags Dani Ceballos Emery Real Madrid Unai Emery


  1. Declan says:

    Wow a record day for posts, 10 already and likely at least another 3. I can’t keep up with this 😳.
    Back on topic, I don’t think he’s anyway near proved himself yet. Time will tell.

    1. jon fox says:

      I often wonder why the constant changes, before I have even had a chance to read them. Some of us have a busy life outside this site. Actually, make that most of us. Whoa boy! Try the slightly slower lane for once, Martin.

      1. Sue says:

        Have you noticed they’re by a Just Arsenal insider now?

  2. gotanidea says:

    After playing badly for more than three seasons, Ozil needs to fight for his position

    He has time till the end of this season to work harder, otherwise Ceballos or another no 10 would start ahead of him

    Ceballos and Willock haven’t even played as no 10 for one whole season yet, but they showed some potentials. Whereas Ozil played regularly in the last three seasons, but couldn’t create anything special

    1. kenyanfan says:

      Let’s always be sincere here. Tell us of one game that Willock played well as a number 10. Tell us any game that Torreira played well as a number 10. The same with Ceballos. I remember of only one game. Ozil is not a god but not a single player in our squad is a better number 10 than him. Like him or not that’s a clear fact.

      1. Diogenes says:

        Ozil ‘played badly’ for more than 3 seasons??

        Wasn’t he 2nd best in the EPL in chances created in 2017/2018 behind DeBruyne??

        But his tackles were not good enough? Or perhaps his headers??

        Fact is only after Emery arrived did Ozil stop being one of top 5 most useful attacking midfielders in the league. Considering the massive drop in form that happened to Mkhitaryan and his past in PSG it seems the man is cryptonite to creative players. Even Ceballos is actually getting worse under Emery compared to the start of the season and pre-season… I even wonder if Pepe’s issues could be gone with another coach…

  3. Sergio says:

    I prefer Ceballos to Ozil, he’s younger, more industrious, and is more technical with the ball at his feet.

    But to think Real would sell him for a measly £30m is delusional.

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