Has Dani Ceballos done enough for Arsenal move?

Arsenal brought Dani Ceballos in from Real Madrid last summer on loan, but the jury is still out whether the club should try to make that move more permanent.

The 23 year-old hasn’t enjoyed the most fruitful campaign, with a long-term injury having ended a long-run of first team action for us, and he has only recently reached a level worthy of consideration for a regular starting spot.

Boss Mikel Arteta admitted today that there had been no such talk about a permanent move for the midfielder as of yet, but he is finally happy with what he brings to the first-team having struggled to return to peak condition since his injury.

“We haven’t had any discussions about it [a permanent deal],” the Gunners boss replied when asked.

“I’m really happy with Dani and what he’s bringing to the team right now.

“It took him a while after his injury to get to the level that he has and that I’ve seen in the past. He’s performing much better now and that’s why he’s playing much more games.”

I’m a Ceballos fan from watching him earlier in the campaign, and it has been a frustrating couple of months as he tried to build up his fitness.

Part of me wondered whether there was some politics behind the scenes as to why he was not playing due to his controversial tweet previously about killing people in the Catalan and Basque regions (Arteta was born in the Basque region and played some of his early years with Barcelona), but we appear to have put those thoughts to bed of late.

I think the jury is still out on whether we should try to sign Ceballos on a permanent deal this summer, (no pre-agreed fee was installed in the loan signing), but I’m certainly keen to see if he can show more consistency between now and the transfer window.



  1. Whenever he has played, Dani has been one of our top players. Paired alongside a good DM, he could be exactly what the doctor ordered for Arsenal for a deep-lying playmaker. I say, sign him if there is an opportunity to do so.

  2. Not for me, he is technically good but he hasn’t shown that he can mix it with the top teams. Today i would not want him, at the end of the season? Depends wether he performs at a better level after now. I dont think we need his type in midfield, we need a ball winner and a bit of height to help at set pieces. Real woul deman6to much and i personally think he would prefer Spain, where i think he would do well.

  3. I like ceballos and think he is an arteta sort of player, let’s see how much real want for him in the summer!

  4. if arteta will be making use of the 4-3-3 formation next season then I think they can get ceballos permanently, he’s more suited to a 4-3-3 than a 4-2-3-1 plus they’ll need to get rid of our current midfielders who always pass the backwards and sideways, we need midfielders who can break defence lines with passes, not midfielders who play safe

  5. I don’t think he’s been any more than average and will be surpassed by ESR when he returns next season, although could be a squad member, but not a regular starter though.

  6. I have liked Ceballos whenever he has come on to play. Arsenal should sign him in the summer. His deep lying midfield role suits Arteta’s 4-3-3 style of play.

  7. give our youths the chance to perform. they could perform better than him… am sure. he is not special in any way.

  8. It blows my mind how some fans say Ceballos isn’t that good.

    Who do you suppose is good enough?
    A few months a go yol said Xhaka was useless, now he’s an integral part of the midfield.

    You guys live in fantasy land, mentioning all these players like Partey etc. (they’ll end up like William Carvalho , or Victor Wanyama)

    I’m so glad none of you guys have anything to do with Arsenal’s backroom staff.

  9. Technically gifted player ,but lacks pace and not impressive defensively.In any case he will be out of our league financially.So like John Stones, a no for me.

  10. With Dani, it’s been that of mixed feelings.
    He is a very good baller and more fluid.
    Due to the injury and Emery messing up with what he had, it will be best to extend the loan deal one year more for better assessment. He looks like MA type of player.

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