Dani Ceballos spoke to Arsenal’s official website about the real reason why he decided to return for another season on loan from Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old Spaniard was excellent in the second half of last season. He played a massive part in helping us win the FA Cup, and Mikel Arteta was desperate to bring him back.
Ceballos has now revealed that Arteta put pressure on Edu and Arsenal’s board to re-sign him for another season. He claimed that it was the best decision for him to spend another campaign under the Gunners boss as his ‘standard of football’ had improved thanks to his tutelage.
He said: “There’s nothing more important than a coach having faith in you and asking you to come back. That’s why I made the decision to come back to this club. The pressure he put on the club to bring me back here was key.”
“The main reason I decided to come back was because I had real faith in the project led by Mikel. We did quite well at the end of last season, and I think the confidence that the coach and my team-mates showed in me was what made me come back to this great club.”
“I told Madrid that I wanted to come back to Arsenal because during the first year I’d learned a lot about a new league. I’d improved a lot both physically and tactically, and after Mikel came in, the standard of my football improved.
“I think the best decision for me this year was to remain in the Premier League with Arsenal and keep working with a coach like Mikel Arteta.”
Ceballos is capable of a lot more than what he has shown
The Spaniard has provided good balance between attack and defence at Arsenal but he can do so much more. He has all the qualities to have a massive impact in the final third, but his numbers show he hasn’t quite done that in the red and white yet.
He has just two goals and three assists to his name in 60 appearances. That number does not do justice to how well he has done, bit it certainly shows that there’s a lot of room for improvement.