What will Ceballos’ return to Arsenal mean for Elneny?

The latest Arsenal rumours circulating today, including from the respected Guardian, state that Dani Ceballos is reportedly coming back to the Emirates for a second loan spell with us. So what would that mean for the newly reformed Mohammed Elneny?

After his return from his loan spell at Besiktas, Elneny was one of our star performers in our midfield against Liverpool on Saturday, and despite talk linking him with another move away from the Emirates before the showdown with Liverpool, he seems to have surely given Arteta something to think about going into the new season.

Would having Elneny even as a backup in our squad be such a bad thing? Especially if things took a turn for the worst and we were struck down with an injury curse to our midfield. Well given how our previous luck with injuries have gone, I would say it was a fair enough shout to have him in our ranks for the new season just in case.

He showed on Saturday that he was more than capable of slotting right back into the team and was able to play in the Arteta way, and after his wonder goal against MK Dons in a friendly on Tuesday, we know he can give us the odd goal or two every now and then. And, let’s not forget, that for a player who has scored in the Nou Camp and now has had experience in playing in Turkey, can he really be that much of a bad addition?

He seems to have returned as a different player. He worked the midfield well linking up well with his teammates on Saturday and he even played a part in the build up to Aubameyang’s goal.

Competition for places is always healthy and ensures players give their all and play to their full potential. So for once, if we are blessed with players and talent in our squad then what would be the worst that could happen, especially in a season that is going to be very very long and even more demanding than previous ones.


Shenel Osman


  1. Elneny is too good to discard. Whether Ceballos joins or not (and looks like he is) I think Elneny is and added bonus and if he’s let go there may be some regrets in the not too distant future.

  2. If Ceballos returns, which seems likely, I very much doubt if we will continue to pursue Partey, particularly as Arteta seems satisfied with the Ceballos, Xhaka axis in a 3-4-3 system.If he wants the flexibility of switching to a 4-3-3 set up, we will need a DM.Either way, Elneny would be a decent back up as I assume the aim is to sell Torreria and Guendouzi if at all possible.

    1. i think were selling both those players to fund partey transfer, but i cant see us not going for partey cause ceb is returning, weve chased partey all window and its not going away, so his coming as soon as we can pay that release clause

      1. The latest rumour is that we’ve walked away from the Partey deal nearly 2 weeks ago,Atleti want us to pay the full release clause of 45M plus taxes and Partey is looking for wages of at least 200 000/week,not going to happen man,we’ll buy a younger cheaper DM like Diawara or someone else for around 25M and keep Elneny as back up,we will get Ceballos back who is originally a CAM,Chambers can also play as a DM too.

    2. Ceballos can play further forward. And we are definitely gonna get Partey. The beauty is that Arteta can play 4-3-3, 3-4-3 and even 4-2-3-1.

      The 4-2-3-1 formation in my opinion.

      William. Ceballos. Pepe.
      Xhaka. Partey.
      Tierny. Gabriel Saliaba. Niles

  3. “So what would that mean for the newly reformed Mohammed Elneny?”
    Of course, he has to work hard to a position!

  4. much better player then what left on loan, imo its better to keep him unless get decent offer for him to fund partey,aurour .

  5. Squad player still. A preseason performance doesnt make him a viable player. He will come on in Europa League and League Cup matches. He is a hard worker tho and I like his attitude. He’s nothing more than decent which isn’t bad, but he is not someone I would factor in to who we sign of dont sign. If there are injuries or players need a rest and we are travelling to Serbia to play some random side, I would play Elneny.

  6. Elneny has improved certainly and must staynot only as a back up to Ceballos but also considering the length and depth of the next season, the rest required between games, he will be the ideal man in the midfield. The man has got the right attitude and is hard working so no need to sell him.

  7. Ceballos coming back to the team only means Elneny has to work hard to earn his place. And this is a good thing for the team. We will have two good centre midfielders

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