It looks very likely that Dani Ceballos will be an Arsenal player in a few days time and while his arrival will be welcomed by most, it could spell trouble for Mesut Ozil.
This is of course just an opinion, no one knows apart from Unai Emery how he will deploy Ceballos and chances are he probably does not know himself right now.
But taking Emery’s own words about the 22-year-old and you can see how it may affect the German playmaker.
“We were speaking about the possibility to sign one player on loan and we have different names”, Emery said
“The club was working on that. Ceballos is a very good player, I know him from Betis at the beginning and also at Madrid.
“He is a No.10 & No.8 player.”
Ceballos is versatile for sure but I cannot see him being played anywhere else other than the traditional No.10 role. To move him back into a standard midfield role it would mean displacing Torreira or Xhaka and I do not see Emery doing that, especially with Guendouzi in the mix as well.
If Arsenal do sign a winger that will squeeze out Ozil even further and we already know that the boss is not overly confident using Ozil in away games.
This is just an opinion obviously, however, the more I think about the role that Ceballos will probably play the less I can see a place for Ozil.
No doubt there are formations that can include all the players I have named above but would they really be the best use of these players, out of position and so on just to fit a particular player in the team?