Emery: I don’t know if Asensio injury affects Ceballos deal

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Unai Emery says he’s not sure whether a knee injury sustained by Marco Asensio during Real Madrid’s penalty win over Arsenal could affect the status of Dani Ceballos’ proposed loan move to Arsenal.

Asensio had to be stretchered off towards the end of the first half after an innocuous coming together with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and after the game Zidane confirmed it looked bad for his attacking midfielder.

“He’s worried, it’s the knee,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“He went straight to the hospital to do tests. We are worried and touched because it looks bad.”

Ceballos is reported to have agreed personal terms with Arsenal and the Gunners did have an agreement in place to take the Spain under-21 on loan without an option to buy.

It now remains to be seen whether Florentino Perez sanctions the move.

Asked about the situation in his post-match press conference, Emery said, “I don’t know [if it affects the deal].

“Our target also was not to take injuries in that match, and they maybe have with Asensio.

“It [could be] bad news, for them and also for us. I don’t know if it can change something.”

Obviously, we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Asensio, who’d earlier scored and hit the post. It’s going to be a nervous few hours for Raul and Edu as they try and delicately get this over the line.

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Imustafiyou
Imustafiyou

Do we have a plan B? Or we just do the Arsenal way and loan for Asensio since he is injured?

Goonereality
Goonereality

Ho, ho, ho. Actually, I assumed that the Ceballos loan was Plan B, as we couldn’t afford the Plan A option – to get a midfielder on a permanent move.

Ealing
Ealing

What’s plan C

Scott P
Scott P

Buy a sub-standard player and pay him overinflated wages until he runs out his contract because we won’t be able to sell him?

Mpls
Mpls

I thought that was Plan A.
But then we’re going in circles.

Goonereality
Goonereality

I hear the name Mustafi in the background, or is it my imagination?

Goonereality
Goonereality

They all give up and pick flowers in the park.

Jack but
Jack but

Savage

Fart OverJars
Fart OverJars

Dont they have a whole warehouse full of classy and underplayed midfielders?

Cant they just take one down from a cyrogenised pod unplug his matrix cable spray paint synthetic ivory coloured quick dry jersey paint, slap his arse and point towards the burebeau?

can we just keep this one for a while

SizC
SizC

Hypothetically speaking, we loan this guy and he has an amazing season. Without an option to buy, won’t we just be priced out?

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is

Does it matter? Our youth will be a year older, stronger and wiser hopefully.

Fart Overjars
Fart Overjars

I think a loan at this stage seem sensible?

He’s an exciting talent but is it fair to say that the premier league is going to be challenge for him

Obviously he made an impact in u21 tournament but i don’t think hes played much for madrid

Fart Overjars
Fart Overjars

Wow my use of punctuation is; at times disgraceful.

George
George

For goodness sake. Why couldn’t Emery, Raul and the Kroenkes tell the players to go softly and not make physical contact to minimise anything like this happening? It’s just typical of our lack of planning and foresight

CincyArsenalFan
CincyArsenalFan

You didn’t watch the game I take it? It was nothing contact.

Mpls
Mpls

If you watch the slow replay it wasn’t contact at fault. It was the way his foot went down and his studs planted into the turf. The kind of thing that is typically at fault for a ligament or meniscus.

Group Captain Mandrake
Group Captain Mandrake

The turf at that field is infamous for players getting injured playing on it.

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

It would be just like us to fuck ourselves over. Losing out on Zaha because Palace beat us then losing out on Ceballos because we injured the guy ahead of him.

Nope
Nope

Try to not be so negative. Asensio is in direct Competition with Bale. Also Cellabos doesn’t want to play under Zidane. He is coming.

Goonereality
Goonereality

I hope he is but I wouldn’t be so sure about what Ceballos wants. Usually reliable sources in Spain indicate that both Real Madrid (presumably Zidane, if not Perez, who has all the power there anyway) and the player want a return to Spain at the end of the loan period – which is why there is no buy out clause. If he arrives here, it will still be for the season only.

Aaron
Aaron

Why does everyone want Ceballos to be a permanent signing. I think this stop gap loan deal works great for all considering we have willock, Smith-Rowe waiting where this season could be a tad early and I think the loan move is perfect for their development as well.
We do not know if Ceballos would fit in with the premier league(I am sure he can) but berating a loan move to a club in the stage of transition we are in and the attractability we offer, that’s the best we can hope for.

I love what I have seen of Saka, Reiss and Eddie so far and hope they develop together this season.
Giving youth a chance and watching them play is one thing, youth with pace and trickery is always a thing to be excited about and I think we will have some fun next season.

BRING IT ON!

Vino
Vino

Now they have reason to buy Pogba!

kebby
kebby

that’s Arsenal for you. Same old story year in year out.
I don’t understand why we pick repeating the same mistakes in the transfer market.

kebby
kebby

Wining pre-season matches but comes EPL it’s same old story average team.
wrong selection of players. The problem we had last season was the defense Mustafi to be specific but here we are no rumours for in comers

Goonereality
Goonereality

We lost out on Zaha because we simply couldn’t afford the terms that Palace were insisting upon. Ceballos always was a stop-gap option as there was no option to buy at the end of the loan period. What we’re left with now is a handful of nothing really. Presumably, there’s another name on the “possible transfers” list but time is running out and we could well be bounced into bringing someone (anyone?) in because of it. I hope not, but the management have talked up inward transfers so much recently.

SB Still
SB Still

How things change so quickly. Just when it looked like we had done a good piece of business (especially when it didn’t involve a +£1 strategy), the familiar injury God strikes again!

Goonereality
Goonereality

I hope He’s not a secret Sp*rs fan …!

Ashish Mann
Ashish Mann

A very spursy thing to happen to us.

TeeCee
TeeCee

I fail to see how this could suddenly make us a bunch of repellant cunts.

Ilari
Ilari

Asensio is a wide player. Real have plenty of those (hazard, vinicius, rodrygo, vazquez, isco). Ceballos is a CM. Why would this affect the deal?

Alex
Alex

May Real keep Ceballos and we give chances to Joe!

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Why people are so excited by a loaned player? Small, short term thinking mentality is running through fans as well.

Jimbo1
Jimbo1

It’s Arsenal’s reality at the moment. Most fans recognise that you can’t spend money you haven’t got.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Sure. Iwobi is only one year older and has played a bolder for a Senior Nigerian team in that 8/10 position. I am not keen for an unproven loanee to take the space of someone who could flourish there ( Iwobi, Rowe smith, Willock, Guendouzi). Bu it is just my unpopular view.

Mpls
Mpls

Iwobi doesn’t play as a #8 and has rarely as a #10 for us.
In a nutshell: You wouldn’t sub Iwobi in for Ramsey. Ceballos you would.

Savage
Savage

Because a top loan player could get us back into the Champions League and then we’ll have more money to spend

Southpaw74
Southpaw74

Because he might just help us get that 4th spot

Dave1977
Dave1977

Probs because we need a post-Rambo plaster to tide us over until Joe etc are ready for the full time gig. Think buying Ceb would be worse as he’d block the youth long term who are so exciting, but they need a season to be broken in with less pressure.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Exactly my point but it applies now.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

We can’t never be actually happy when Kroenke is still there.

But for now we’re happy because Ceballos is actually a top player. He is a good replacement for Santi Cazorla.

Shank

Friendlies give me the squits

Chidi
Chidi

Use Iwobi at CM, buy Everton and plug in the wings. The youngsters like saka, Nelson can back up the wings.

Deo
Deo

Marcelo couldn’t handle Jenks. Maybe Zidane might consider a swap deal + Mustafi.

Mpls
Mpls

Haha, that’s because Jenks actually made him defend.
Loved that wry smile he gave Marcelo after the Brazilian said something to him.

Melvin Bryant
Melvin Bryant

Bale instead???

jbrusty
jbrusty

He’s in London now for the medical (according to Sky Sports News)

GoonerUpNorth
GoonerUpNorth

Maybe we can loan them Ozil. They might actually go for it.

Geefive
Geefive

Insert Captain Picard facepalm image *here*

Santori
Santori

I thought Sokratis deliberately got himself sent off so we could restore parity and they won’t be humiliated thereby jeopardising our Cebellos deal….:D

Poor Arsensio. Feel for him.

Hopefully there is no impact to Cebellos. They do have a lot of assets in the attacking side of things – Lucas Vasquez, Hazard, Mariano, Vinicius Jr, Brahim Diaz, to name a few.

As a back up, I mentioned potentially keeping an eye on two older players at Juventus –

Khedira or Matuidi.

Both will be excess with Ramsey and Rabiot coming in (for free)

All the more reason for us NOT to waste money on Saliba (or Tierney at this stage)

We may need some extra dosh for the CM plus we need to get a Cback that can give us IMMEDIATE impact for next season (and in lieu of knocks or sent offs to primary Cbacks, we need quality back up)

Also perplexed why we did not go in for Fekir who went to Betis for 24m (with add ons) and was hawked to us for 30m (with obviously leeway)

And even more perplexing why we don’t go in for for Ziyech whom Overmarrs mentioned was offered to us for 22m.

Instead we seem to want to give away Nelson and pay over the odds for Zaha? Or waste money on the more limited Fraser.

It would provide plenty of buffer to invest more heavily into better quality Cback AND in case we need to spend on the CM.

Do not understand our transfer strategy (if any)