Dani Ceballos: Should Arsenal work hard and try to keep him at the club

Dani Ceballos of Arsenal (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images )
Dani Ceballos of Arsenal (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images ) /

Arsenal’s reconstruction continues under the watchful eye of Mikel Arteta. He is at the phase of getting rid of deadwood and trying to keep the gems at the club happy.

In this case, we look at Dani Ceballos. His time at Arsenal has been a shaky one, to say the least. Heck, anybody joining the Gunners or setting up their home at the Emirates will be in for one hell of a ride.

The Spaniard arrived on loan from Real Madrid during July 2019 and sealed a deal that would expire June 30, 2020. But with how COVID-19 has affected leagues and players’ contracts, certain plans of extensions are being put into place.

While in North London and during the period where Arsenal swapped hands in management from Unai Emery to Arteta, the player felt a move back to his parent club would be best. The player was in no position to be demanding where he wants to go and what he wants to do.

When the January window opened the midfielder tried in every way to force a move out of London but failed to do so before it shut. Apparently, the new manager [Arteta] convinced him to stay put. With all this in mind should Arsenal plan on keeping him long-term?

Cost and contribution

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At 23-years-old he would cost the Gunners between £25m-£35m. He cost Madrid £14.5m (€18m). He is already out of favour at Real Madrid and feels he won’t be able to force his way into Zidane’s side. So this could give the Gunners a bit of leverage in the sale.

This also displays he has little to offer the Spanish giants, whereas he could be an important piece to Mikel’s puzzle. His contribution hasn’t been something to write home about, however, there have been occasions where he shined above the rest, controlling games, and displaying why Madrid took him away from Real Betis.

He only has two assists and one goal in his short spell of 23 appearances, which doesn’t certify his worth but as previously said, he has that special thing about him. More time with Arteta, who by show of results is a good manager, he will definitely improve.

Getting away from the stepping stone status

All good and well predicting he will improve and has the potential to be a world-beater. Yet, he is Spanish. For Spanish players, home is where the heart is. They always looking for a way in at Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Who can blame them, it’s noticeably the quickest route to making the Spanish first team. His rush to terminate his deal during January adds to the Spanish antics of leaving the Premier League. Arsenal should be looking for players not willing to move on. Infielders staying for the near and far future.

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This is the only reason Arsenal should not take him on permanently. He has already shown he’s capable of forcing his hand and will do so if need be. I think they should let his time run out. Struggling already with club captainPierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and others prior to him, they need to get away from this and establish club legends.