What if it was the loan too much? Dani Ceballos (24) is in any case at a turning point in his career, the pages of which are being written for the moment at Arsenal, where he has been on loan from Real Madrid for two seasons. And a trend is starting to emerge for its future. The Spanish midfielder with undeniable technical qualities had an encouraging and rather satisfactory first season at the Emirates Stadium. After a 2019-2020 financial year during which the Betis-trained player scored 2 goals and delivered 2 assists in 37 appearances in all competitions, but above all had an indisputable influence in the midfield of the Gunners, all parties had come together. agreed to secure a new loan from Dani Ceballos in North London.
But now, the second season of the player owned by the Merengues does not go as planned. The excitement of the first time gave way to weariness on the Arsenal fan side. The reason ? Dani Ceballos’ performances, once glowing and reassuring, have become inconsistent over the weeks. The Spanish international (11 capes, 1 goal) is less decisive for the training coached by Mikel Arteta, both in terms of numbers (3 assists in 38 games played) and on the ground, where he alternates brilliant shots (through his openings or in the fast play in small spaces) and catastrophes (loss of balls in decisive areas, lack of technical accuracy), like his match against Villarreal on Thursday (2-1 defeat, half first leg of the Europa League).
Ceballos prefers La Liga to the Premier League
With the Gunners playing one of the most important games of their season, which can only be saved by C3, Dani Ceballos has anything but helped his partners against the Yellow Submarine. The Iberian, in addition to not having been to his advantage at the Estadio de la Cerámica, was guilty of an avoidable foul and logically received a second warning, leaving his partners outnumbered for more than 30 minutes when they were down 2-0 at that time. And this after multiple alerts, while his trainer had spoken to him during the break. “We spoke at halftime to say he had to be very careful. There was a tackle very early on and I was going to take it out but, by the time Gabi [Martinelli] was ready to enter, this action occurred and he [Ceballos] was expelled ”, confided Mikel Arteta at the end of the meeting, in remarks relayed by the Telegraph.
If Arsenal did rather well by leaving Spain with a goal scored before the return match in England, the behavior of Dani Ceballos had the gift of annoying the supporters, who may wonder if the main interested party is not. had no head elsewhere. Because the number 8 of the Gunners made it clear, just a few hours before this very decisive match between Villarreal and Arsenal, that he did not see himself staying in the Premier League and therefore at Arsenal next season. “In the Premier League, I progressed mainly physically but also tactically. The Premier League is more complete but La Liga suits me better for my style of play ”, in fact dropped Dani Ceballos on Wednesday at the Onda Cero.
Atlético de Madrid and Betis are on the run
By combining these words, the service delivered by Dani Ceballos in the Europa League as well as the whole of his more complicated season, it is difficult to see Dani Ceballos continue the adventure on the side of the Emirates Stadium. The last few weeks could even prove gloomy for the native of Utrera since he will be suspended for the semi-final return of C3 next Thursday, and that there are only five days of the championship to go in a Premier League where Arsenal can no longer hope for anything. Especially since the return of injury from Kieran Tierney to the left should allow Granit Xhaka to regain his place in midfield alongside Thomas Partey and thus send Dani Ceballos back to the substitutes’ bench.
In addition, according to information from the Spanish daily Ace, the main protagonist does not wish to chain a third consecutive year on loan. The Iberian media specifies that Atlético de Madrid and Betis, its training club, are closely monitoring the situation of Dani Ceballos, who remains under contract with Real Madrid until 2023. Whatever happens, the midfielder will find his way back. La Liga this summer with the Merengues but Zinédine Zidane does not seem to want to rely on him. The interest of the Colchoneros and the Verdiblancos has enough to maintain Dani Ceballos’ hope of finding, definitively this time, a club where he can finally flourish with peace of mind and thus confirm the expectations placed in him, which had pushed Real Madrid to spend € 16.5m in 2017.