How Mikel Arteta can fit both Dani Ceballos and Mesut Ozil into the same team?

Dani Ceballos and Mesut Ozil can play together with the right formation.

Unai Emery struggled to fit in players into his system and it ultimately led to their poor performances under him.

Mesut Ozil was one of the biggest players that was affected, but the German seems to have returned to form under Mikel Arteta.

Arteta got his first win when they faced Manchester United the last time out, Ozil was one of the star men in that game. The German will, however, have competition when Dani Ceballos returns to the side.

The Spaniard shone under Emery and only injury stopped his progress, now that he is back, fans will expect him to continue where he left off.

The question now is how Mikel Arteta will fit him into the side alongside Mesut Ozil.

For me, both of them can play together and I’m excited about the prospect of having them both in our midfield.

Arsenal seems to be using a 4-3-3 formation under, Arteta, I believe a 4-4-2 is the perfect system for both of them to play in.

In that system, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira can play a double pivot in front of the defence which allows Ozil and Ceballos to stay further forward. Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can then strike, with our captain drifting to the left often while Lacazette remains central.

Alternatively, Aubameyang could take up the central role with Nicolas Pepe partnering the Gabonese hitman upfront.

Arteta can also maintain his 4-3-3 but that would mean that just one defensive midfielder would be used while Ceballos and Ozil would play as central and attacking midfielders interchangeably.


  1. Tony says:

    Believe you me, it would be fantastic having both in play..
    He(Ceballos) is definitely what Ozil need around for short tap passes. I await to see it happen.
    Maddison would have fit the bait as-well but, we ain’t after him Man U are.

    I’m a big fan of Ceballos; AFC should try getting him permanently.
    He balls well.

  2. Innit says:

    Can’t wait till Dani comes back
    Miss him

    ….Torreira…. Ceballos

  3. Phil says:

    AdMart-I completely disagree that Ceballos shined under Emery.He has one very good performance v Burnley at the Emirates.Other than that he has not stood out at all.In fact I’m struggling to think of a single player that actually did stand out when Emery was manager. He made some very good players look very ordinary at best.
    However, good players knowing their job in a team with direction will always be able to play together and I see no reason why Ceballos will not play slightly deeper next to Torriera in place of Xhaka.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Phil, doesn’t say much for the clubs, coaches and players, who finished lower in the table than Arsenal in the 2018/19 season.

  4. VA Gunner says:

    I’m not convinced Ceballos is an Arteta type player based on the small sample size we have. He seems to want to hold onto the ball for a very long time. I’m sure he has the ability to play one and two touch ball, but would be curious to see him in the side at this point. Also, curious if he is a guy that will press as well. Time will tell

  5. ozziegunner says:

    Agree VA Gunner, we haven’t seen him play enough games; however his form for Spain was promising.

  6. GunnerSince2004 says:

    No. It will unbalance the midfield. Let them compete for one position. Ozil (the older one) can be the David Silva while Ceballos (the younger) can be the Bernard Silva. At least that way the squad will have depth. If Ozil starts, Ceballos comes on if needed and vice versa. Remember, to maintain this pressuring game will require some depth in quality on the bench. That’s why Man City have WC players on their bench. It’s so the intensity is maintained.

    1. GunnerSince2004 says:

      *pressing game

  7. Jok machar says:

    Arsenal will come to it Best again if all our players are fit .

  8. Ackshay says:

    Ceballos didn’t really shine apart from 1-2 games but no one did under emery. His ability to keep the ball under pressure, passing and will to press opponents will make him stand out under arteta.

  9. Mihado😎 says:

    Finding a place for Dani.C in the team will only disrupt our play as he isn’t the type of player to thick the box of our preferred formation 4,2,3,

    The beauty of this format is during play it can change it self to variety of formation depending on the intensity of the match

    Attacking moment it can suddenly change to 4123, Torierra sitting as a Dmf with Xhaka advancing to an Atm supporting ozil, Xhaka is no suited but he tries in this instance, Gundogan plays this role perfectly for city, he support Rodri and Debrun, Ramsey is that kinda midfilder, a box to box to be precise,

    Xhaka I good at the defending style bad at attacking, Dani.C is good at attacking buh not good at defending, we badly need the combination of both, Willock should fill the blank buh he is still raw

    For now we should just rotate ozil with Dani.C, and Xhaka with Guendozi till we get a suitable replacement

    4231 is our most balance formation at the moment, as it gives more cover to our defence, we can’t afford a 433 at the moment

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