Dani Ceballos is a doubt for Spain’s upcoming international against Norway due to a hamstring strain.

The midfielder, on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid, was withdrawn from training but the good news is that it is said to be precautionary rather than anything too serious.

AS report that he’s had a scan which shows a tight hamstring but no serious strain, and he is expected to be fit for Tuesday’s game against Sweden.

Arsenal fans will be keeping fingers crossed that it is as trivial as they say, as the 23 year old has impressed this season and is the only player to have played in all 11 Gunners fixtures this season.

Earlier this week, he spoke about his decision to come to North London from Madrid, and was pleased at the way things have gone so far.

“”I’m at Arsenal right now and I feel very good,” he said.

“I knew I definitely wanted to leave – I was right to leave Madrid. Right now I’m where I want to be, and I am very happy. My idea was to leave, play and enjoy football.

“Over the past two years I have not done that. I was right to go, seeing as I’m in the Spain squad.”

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Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

So.. Err..Dani boy, how about missing that flight to Madrid in May? The Queen would sort out your passport issues.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I’ll say the same thing I think in every relationship I’ve ever been in.

If we love them enough, they’ll stay.

shmokin'em
shmokin'em

Guess there was just not enough love hey helder

Mike1
Mike1

I’m afraid the use of past tense and the use of plural relationships indicate it wasn’t enough.

Ace Boogie
Ace Boogie

Hope he comes out unscathed from international duty as with the rest of our players. Have really liked what he’s brought to the team and his overall play and there is certainly more to come. Although I do think he’s far more of an 8 than a 10 based of what I’ve seen. He would much rather come looking for the ball, wriggle away from defenders and drive forward rather than finding pockets and floating in space in between opposition defense and midfield. Still need a proper 10.. which for all you want to say we still have Mes but he’s obviously not going to be playing. Still can’t believe, on evidence of the season so far, we’re likely never going to see laca auba Pepe ozil and ceballos on the same pitch.. I think it’s feasible to set up with them together with the players we currently have when all fit, but what do I know! Either way, #COYG

renwahh
renwahh

Out of interest, how would you set up the team with laca auba pepe and ozil? Auba on the left wing? or some kind of 2 up front formation?

Ace Boogie
Ace Boogie

Everyone healthy..
Leno
Bellerin Holding luiz/Holding tierney
Torreira ceballos/guen
Pepe ozil/Willock auba
Laca
I realize a few things. 1: we’ll never see this line up. 2: very attack minded and could very well be susceptible to leaking goals, but we do that now anyway. These players are fully capable keeping possession which takes a huge strain off of our back line. Ceballos for me has just enough bite and grit to play alongside torreira deeper but also so good at getting away from opposition mf and driving forward. The front 4 speak for themselves. Enough ability to be dangerous on any given day against sad by one. I’d play this team against everyone in the league, adjusting slightly maybe only at city and pool. On paper that teams good enough with the right manager imo. Could alter mf to a 3 torreira at base guen and ceballos advanced. Idk I just want to see quality attacking performances as as well as results. Delusional? Maybe

Ace Boogie
Ace Boogie

Luiz/chambers. 2 holdings could be interesting lol

renwahh
renwahh

I missed that anyway 😉

but yeah our CB defensive pairing is another situation where we have experienced options but they are on the wane, and the young guys are not experienced enough to bank on.

Holding Mustafi combo might be the best physically, Luiz and Holding could be good for a season but I feel like Luiz has a case of the Mertesackers, Holding and Chambers just doesn’t feel right but might be good enogh. Soo Sokratis and Holding for the win? or the greek combo of Mavros and Sokra?

renwahh
renwahh

Yeah it’s a solid lineup creatively, but I think there are huge differences with just a small change in midfield. Assuming our attacking 3 are decided, and our back 4 play into some kind of defensive form, the 6 or so players we have for the middle 3 collectively have great attributes individually for going forwards and finding a pass, but very little steel and defensive nous. Ozil is most guilty of this, but also Guendouzi and Xhaka find themselves out of position or let their man go in crucial situations. If you have Ozil you have to control the ball but also probably leave your wing backs at home so it’s a catch22. A hard press will break down, and Auba/Laca/Pepe doesn’t scream a hard pressing combo to me either.

All the experienced attackers we have do well as the spear in the attack, not so much as providers for others(even though Laca and Auba pull off some magic combinations for each other) which means instead of having a front 3 that are all working together, they tend to work off individual brilliance to score unlikely goals (Pepe currently aside)

I feel like your lineup might only work if we had a dedicated man at the back screening the back 4, Torreira being an obvious candidate but because of his height might be a bit more exposed by aerial challenges and more physical attacking lineups like we see all the time. So to bolster Torreira a defensive partner like Chambers/Luiz might help offset his weaknesses, and allow either the chance to join in attacks to help Ozil break the lines.

It’s no surprise really that the youth squad that is killing it in the Euro games shows a lot more fluidity, none of them are out and out strikers like Auba and Laca, most are some kind of hybrid winger that can score but also create with the ball on the ground for each other. Tellingly they have played 3,4,5 seasons together in the youth setup and know how each other play.

Apologies for the long winded reply, but it’s genuinely interesting to me to see what our most creative 11 might be, versus our most defensively solid.

What I feel the games this season have shown is that one dimensional players be they distributors like Xhaka or wizards like Ozil (not many like him TBH), are increasingly being left behind by players who are better all rounders. Look at Martinelli for example, noone can seem to work out if he’s a winger or a striker, but his press is next level compared to our experienced players and the young guys all have that hunger to prove themselves that players who have won World Cups or captained their national sides seem to have lost. And hunger is priceless in the PL, it’s why the worst teams play well against us.

Tapps

Leno
Bellerin, Sokratis, Holding, Tierney
Guendouzi, Torreira, Willock
Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka

Plenty of tweaks we can make if it isn’t going right: Chambers, Kolasinac, Luiz, Ceballos, Xhaka, AMN, Lacazette, Martinelli, Ozil, Nelson, Smith Rowe – even Martinez.

Cacho
Cacho

Just looked at all our international’s fixtures over this break. All look like relatively easy opponents, aside from Uruguay’s home and away against Peru. Hoping that Pepe especially can do some damage against DR Congo and Niger so that he can come back with a bit of confidence!

Richie

Slight injury? Precautionary? Plays for Arsenal? See you in three weeks Dani. Hey with Ceballos and Nelson injured, Ozil might even get a place on the bench in our next game. Oh hold on, away, Sheffield, night-time kick off, maybe not.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Since Unai came, it is 350K from fans pocket that goes down the drain every week. I said here that Man U was able to send Sanchez on loan and we tried nothing with Ozil and got voted down copiously. What are we preparing to do in January now?

AussieGooner
AussieGooner

Er… ManU only managed to loan out Sanchez by agreeing to carry on paying his wages.

We tried with Ozil but nobody wanted him. That’s the bitter pill you must swallow.

Chance that he is going to the U.S. in January, that remains our best bet and still likely we will be on the hook for some of his salary..

Mouise
Mouise

No, the Mail and arsenalfantv say nobody wants Özil but the truth is that Özil doesn’t to leave. There are also men willing to decide their lives in this affairs and if the message from the player is not “I wish to leave”, nobody will come to pick him up.

Shkab
Shkab

Yeah sure. Why would any top team ever play ozil? All of them have midfielders who not only attack but defend.

Ozil wont even get into brighton or mewcastle’s starting eleven. Ozil is the most overrated flop in football history.

jamiecordellgooner
jamiecordellgooner

s**t, i wondered where that 350k in my back pocket went

Mouise
Mouise

Funny as a news about our Spanish loanee brings Özil on the table… missing him, guys?

Richie

The news is linked as with Ceballos (and Nelson, and still Lacazette) injured, Ozil can and probably should be utilised in the squad. Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself but that next game at Sheffield United is a potential banana skin if they put 10 men behind the ball. Saka and Martinelli may struggle in that one. Actually even Pepe to be honest the way he’s playing right now. Really could do with Ozil at least on the bench.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

I suspect Ozil has actually died and they are using CGI for training pics and when the camera pans to the bench.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Ceballos been a terrific loan signing. I just hope that we can make him permanent. The problem is that with every great performance, his potential signing-on fee increases. Shame.

Subject change: I’ve been deeply disappointed by the savage criticism of another one of our recent signings,Nicolas Pépé. Some people on this site and others, and in particular AFTV, have been laying into him. Not fair. Pepe needs to be given some time to find his feet. Coming to a new club and country must be very difficult. I remember when Dennis Bergkamp first arrived: it took him a while to settle in, and then he became an Arsenal legend. I was at that game when he scored those two goals against Southampton: that changed everything. Give Pepe a few months and he’ll become a superstar, I’m sure.

Chidi
Chidi

Fatgooner has gone soft. Weird one this is… 🤔
Pepe’s savage criticism is indeed dissapointing though. Dude needs our support. Too early to jump on his back really

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Beware Pépé that Fatgooner will shred you into pieces if at the end of the season, you,re still not ready to prove you’re a worldclass player. Fats run out of patience with the manager in the middle of his first season.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

And I was right. Even the owner of this website agrees that Emery isn’t the right man to take us forward.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Far too early in his tenure with us to be writing Pepe off.

Samu
Samu

Honestly at 71 million i can’t see how a club can make that investment and be wrong. The data must have been hugely in his favour to the point it’s undeniable. He just needs to get closer to the full back because 1on1 he’s undeniable, gets past the first man and he can start slotting them away.

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

I too have been left surprised by some of the fans’ reaction towards Pepe. And even though he hasn’t set things on fire yet, there have been moments when he has really looked good. I don’t expect him to be scoring goals like he did in Lille (those were exceptional numbers for a winger in an inferior league, and if fans expect the same numbers they’ll be left disappointed). What I expect from him are those mazy runs that can open up parked buses more consistently. He has already done that a few times, and definitely should have had a penalty against Bournemouth for it. And he also has two assists and a well taken penalty under massive pressure. I trust him to come good. But fans need to expect less too.

Vonnie
Vonnie

I’m sure Pepe will come good, but it would help if he wasn’t left isolated and expected to dribble past three or four defenders. I can’t think of many coaches who set up their team in a way that doesn’t suit the majority of their players.

Dave1977
Dave1977

It’s really odd. Just a matter of time…

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Meanwhile novice and inexperienced 18 y/o Saka in the same system is going nicely.

Cycs

But saka’s been at the club n in the country for much longer…

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Don’t spread misinformation literally one guy and a few of the younger kids they interview on Aftv have said Pepe is shit etc…90% of the interviews are saying to give him time and how it took a host of some of our greatest players entire seasons to settle in.

Cycs

Hey, wtf did you do with fatgooner???

Kroenke the Klown
Kroenke the Klown

He also appears to be suffering from acute handsomeness