Emery: Ceballos is a very good player

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Unai Emery has all but confirmed the deal to sign Dani Ceballos on loan, talking up the qualities of his compatriot and outlining where he sees him fitting into the team.

It’s being widely reported that Arsenal have struck a deal with Real Madrid for the midfielder, and he’s expected to travel to London to undergo the formalities of finalising the the season long loan deal.

Speaking from the US this evening, Emery said, “We were speaking about the possibility to sign one player for loan. We had different names. The club was working on that.

“Ceballos is a very good player. I know him from Real Betis at the beginning and Real Madrid.

“He played very well in the Under-21s, his national team won the competition. He is an eight and ten player.”

With Arsenal looking for a replacement for Aaron Ramsey and someone to play away from home when Mesut Ozil can’t, the Spaniard looks like being a canny piece of business.

Although we will pay Madrid a loan fee, and the player’s wages for the season, it doesn’t eat too much into our meagre transfer funds, and will hopefully allow the club to spend money on a player we really need.

Like a really good central defender.

[quotes via @JamesBenge]

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TorontoGunner
TorontoGunner

Super excited and would want him to be a permanent signing. We need a spanish technician in the team. Every team does. Eg. Cazorla, Fabregas
Now let’s get Everton. You also need a south american in your team. Eg. Sanchez, Edu

Goonerink

Torreria?

TorontoGunner
TorontoGunner

Exactamente!

Mpls
Mpls

It never hurts to have one in attack AND one in defense.

Santori
Santori

Torreira has not been able to assert the sort of control Santi, Diaby or Viera did.

He has had too many give aways (leading to goals) and he is too easily bullied off the ball at times.

Not the solution made out to be (not yet anyway)

Inconvenient truth.

David Carr
David Carr

Unless it’s Andre Santos. That hurt like fuck…

TorontoGunner
TorontoGunner

Hated that stupid dummy for swapping shirts with the Judas

Dave
Dave

Relax, it was a shirt swap. Don’t buy into the media narrative.

UGooner
UGooner

Shirt swap was bad enough but that could slide…. But At Half Time???! Incredibly dumb to say the least.

BODMAS
BODMAS

Judas used him… not his fault. He was naive to think he was his friend

Bob's Mexican cousin
Bob's Mexican cousin

Come on gays! It wasn’t all bad…

IamaGoober

The good thing about this loan signing is… if this guy is serious about returning to Madrid as a starter the season after his loan deal expires with us.

Then he has to deliver.

He can’t have an average season if he wants to be a part of Zidan’s plans, especially when someone as good as Bale is surplus to requirements there.

His Real Madrid career is in his hands this season.

Goonereality
Goonereality

First, there’s no chance of a permanent signing. Both his club, Real Madrid, and the player are agreed that he’ll return to La Liga after the loan period. Second, even if there was a chance, it’s a tad foolish to be talking about it before he’s even laced up his boots at The Emirates, let alone kicked a ball, isn’t it?

Alex
Alex

Wisdom.

Reality check
Reality check

@Goonereality

While a reality check is never a bad idea but dreaming and playing football manager in it is what fans do so make an exception pls. Thanks

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Mediocre signing. He did well in a kid competition, is going to take the spot of one of our graduates and go back to Madrid. So excited! We’re going up

Nick
Nick

He seems like an exciting, top young player who is developing well.

But without any option to buy, this is a bit of a sticking plaster. It might help us temporarily but will do little for the development of our other young players (eg ESR or Willock who play in similar positions and are knocking on the door of the first team but would automatically fall down the pecking order).

There is also no guarantee that Real will not offload him at the end of the season and, depending on how the season has gone for us and him, he could end up at Sp*rs who covet him, having spent a season getting used to the rigours of the EPL.

It is good that we seem to be doing *some* transfer business but I am not persuaded that this is best for our mid- to longer-term prospects.

I am happy to be proven wrong. I would love for him to sign, get 10+ goals and 10+ assists, and help get us Top 4 and a trophy of course.

Daniel
Daniel

Here is a wild guess. If he can help us get in the Champions League then we will have money to make his signing permanent 😉

Mpls
Mpls

Or if Madrid won’t sell, a permanent replacement

Santori
Santori

Hopefully.

Many people in the press like to go on about how we lack ‘cojones or effort’

I think we rather lack technical players.

Wolves, Leicester, Watford, Everton are all adding increasingly technical players.

We only have Iwobi and Lacazette able to hold and dribble in tight confines.

With nelson, we have another.

But we need at least two more.

Hoping we get Everton or one of Ziyech, Fekir etc (so many options in market we must surely land one) AND Cebellos.

We need to operate against tight lines better and we need players who can take on AND beat opponents one on one.

Most of our failings in away games is because we are not able to transition quick enough or create overload by taking out one or two of their players on the dribble.

Auba, Ramsey, Ozil, Mhkitaryan, Torrreira, Guendouzi and Granit are not dribblers and the passing then goes side to side when passing channels are shut down.

With a quick and tricky winger or two and Cebellos, we can hopefully

a) Transition quicker on the counter (AGAINST PL teams it must be emphasised)

b) create overload by dribbling against and taking out one or two of their backline, pulling their defenses out of shape.

Ozymandias
Ozymandias

Or Joe Willock keep up his improvement and is good to take over in a years time.

Daniel
Daniel

Or they play together with someone more defense minded behind them in 4-3-3

Santori
Santori

I like him.

Looks like a Ramsey type player.

Good tidy Spanish feet hopefully will help us assert more control in midfield.

Also can carry the ball forward and has function as an AM if need be so versatility.

This particularly with Willock impressing and Smith-Rowe still to consider.

Should we sell one of Ozil or Mhkitaryan, we will have Smith-Rowe AND Cebellos in addition to the player remaining.

If we (HOPEFULLY) get rid of the mediocre Elneny, we will have Granit, Torreira, Guendouzi AND Cebellos in addition to Willock.

Makes plenty of sense and we have an option to buy.

Makes more sense than the Saliba deal. 29m for a player who won’t have any immediate impact, sold on promise over 16 games last season and should he turn belly up, we are stuck with a huge loss not to mention difficulty off loading.

Santori
Santori

Hopefully Edu can leverage on his Brazilian contacts and swing Everton Soares.

And hopefully Raul can convince his old club Barca to relinquish Umtiti.

Plus Cebellos, that would be a decent summer for me.

Mintoes
Mintoes

Sounds like a good deal. But hope Willock gets decent playing time this season too…he’s looking good in pre season.

Imustafiyou
Imustafiyou

Hopefully this is not another Dennis Suarez. But Arsenal had come to a point where they required to loan a player to play an important role in a team. That is sad. Just hope he did well for us for one season.

Goonereality
Goonereality

He appears to be a good quality player but you’re right – the proof will be how he actually performs, week in and week out, in the EPL. It’s very probable that he’ll do well, but it’s not certain.

While a few fans are still in denial, most now accept the very poor financial position we’re in at present – hence the kind of loan deals and loan-backs that we’re seeing. Basically, we’re trying to do a lot with a little.

thw14
thw14

I’m not a big fan of loans either. But we loaned Benayoun from Chelsea and finished above them in the league (let’s forget the fluke CL win).

So… who knows.

Prakhar
Prakhar

Suarez is going to have a great career at his present club. He is a quality player, just bizarrely signed even when he was not 100% fit.

beNZed

Good ebening.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

David Ornstein comfirmed that there was no official option to buy.

Now that’s disappointing. I expect more from Raul Sanllehi. I don’t want to see him leave at the end of the season.

Houston Gunner
Houston Gunner

Options aren’t free and we have no money

Goonereality
Goonereality

100% right. Anyway, Real Madrid aren’t daft and if he’s such a good prospect, they’ll want to keep him to play him, or to sell him for a bigger fee later when his value has increased.

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

Meh all that shows is that Madrid actually rate him and think he will improve. If he can help the Arsenal along the way is a bonus.

Kostas
Kostas

Would you rather play him or Willock?

Hantal
Hantal

Willock, as he’s ours

Tim
Tim

In purely economic terms, the more we play Ceballos the more we increase his value, for another club. The more we play Willock, the more we increase his value for us.

But for me its not about the economics. I’d just rather support a young Gunner than a Spanish player using us as a springboard for Real Madrid. Don’t get me wrong, Ceballos is a great signing to fill a position in the squad we don’t currently have. But if it’s ever a toss up between Willock and Ceballos, I vote Willock.

Prakhar
Prakhar

I would pick a certain dribbling midfield maestro who is lighting up the Euro U21s. Willock can play alongside and learn from someone who has played more than 80 top flight games.

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

Ultimately two different players. We desperately need dribblers (Cabellos) AND runners (Willock) in midfield.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Another of the painfully extended transfers looks like it’s finally coming to a conclusion. One point: there’s NO chance of a permanent signing at the end of the loan. Both Real Madrid and the player are agreed that he’ll return to Spain at the end of any loan period. That said, at least we’ll have him for a season and if he performs well in the EPL (very probable but not certain, as some Gooners appear to think) that will be a big boost for us.

Gamzini
Gamzini

Happy with this and Saliba, but if we really are walking away from the Tierney deal, there’s no prospect of defensive recruits for this year with less than 3 weeks to go – and we’re surely not going to see Koscielny again. So our biggest weakness from last season (shipping 51 goals) has actually got worse.

As much as a quality wide player would be nice (Everton, Zaha etc), surely we have to prioritise defenders?

Hi-Jay
Hi-Jay

Well Chambers, Holding, Bellerin later (and maybe Bielik) should be Like New Signings, but still a good left back would be nice, either Tierney or someone else the club could afford.

Gamzini
Gamzini

Love the optimism, and I’m a massive fan of Holding, but currently our list of CBs looks like this:

Sokratis (solid if a bit prone to shithousery)
Holding (won’t be ready for start of the season)
Chambers (would love to see him come in and play well but shone for Fulham at CDM not CB)
Mavropanos (looked very raw at the end of last season)
Mustafi (nuff said)
Monreal (probably only in a back 3)

Plus the academy talent coming through is mainly further upfield (Willock, Nelson, ESR, Nketiah etc).

Basically as usual our defence will be 1 injury away from crisis zone

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

“and someone to play away from home when Mesut Ozil can’t”. Savage 😂

Alex
Alex

Of course, everybody know that Özil chooses his games and avoids carefully to play in the North where it is too cold for his lil diva ego. That he pretends to be sick or to have some imaginary back’s problems and hop, the docs approve and he stays home to play Fortnite. This is well documented by Arsenal fan TV and other faithful fans. That a respectable club like Arsenal approves this is another matter.

Prakhar
Prakhar

If there are no suitors I would set asking price for Ozil at 1 pound, just to get rid of his massive salary. Consider savings from that ridiculous salary for 2 years equal to the potential lost transfer fee earned for him.

Romford Pele
Romford Pele

Ceballos being loaned in for this season, and Saliba coming in next season, only really counts as one signing

SMH
SMH

Real will probably sell him next season, and hoping he do well for us, fetching better price. Good business for Real.
A 50/50 for us, if he does well and we want him permanently, it will be an inflated price. So I don’t think we will see him for more than 1 season.

Prakhar
Prakhar

Sheer quality. He will bring what Ramsey did and more. And he is not injury prone, good in a tackle and has insane passing stats.
AND HE CAN DRIBBLE. Anyone seen that in our midfield?

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Hopefully Emery get it right this time and not another Dennis Suarez situation