Unai Emery has praised the, dare we say it, mental strength of Dani Ceballos, saying this Arsenal team needs more players like him because of that.
The Spaniard took a heavy knock in the 2-1 defeat to Barcelona last Sunday, but the 22 year old’s determination to train throughout the week has impressed the Arsenal boss.
The on-loan Real Madrid man is in contention to start the Gunners Premier League opener against Newcastle later today, as with Mesut Ozil missing there’s a gap in midfield. Emery will choose between Ceballos and Joe Willock, but it’s clear he thinks highly of his compatriot.
“Ceballos’ mind is very strong,” he said.
“His mentality. Last Sunday, when he received a big kick on his ankle I thought ‘Oh, it’s broken’.
“But after, on Monday, he was training, saying, ‘I’m fine and want to train’. He is showing us every day his ambition, his hunger is big. I think we need players like this.”
Arsenal have had problems on the road in the last couple of seasons, losing 20 games in total across both campaigns, but after a strong summer in the transfer market, Emery says the team is ready to make that improvement.
“Raul Sanllehi and Edu were working together to find the best solutions, being competitive in the moment we can sign another player and also using the club to support us economically to do that,” he said.
“Now we are going to fight strong with a big responsibility with this squad and after that we want to continue doing well.”