Dani Ce-buy-llos or Dani Ce-bye-llos? That is the question.
As things stand, it’s more likely to be the latter with Mikel Arteta making clear the club have not held any discussions about signing Dani Ceballos on a permanent basis.
After a prolonged spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and with the boss not picking his compatriot at all during his first month in charge, it looked like Ceballos and his very specific hair might return to Spain in January.
He’s since turned things around and has been a regular in Arsenal’s midfield, playing 357 minutes across six matches in the last seven weeks. Naturally, talk a deal with Real Madrid is doing the rounds again.
Ahead of Saturday’s game with West Ham, Arteta was asked about the situation.
“We haven’t had any discussions about it,” he said.”I’m really happy with Dani and what he’s bringing to the team right now.
“It took him a while after his injury to get to the level that he has and that I’ve seen in the past.
“He’s performing much better now and that’s why he’s playing much more games.”
Given Lucas Torreira has fractured his ankle, Ceballos could well have an important part to play in the Gunners’ run in. With Euro 2020 on the horizon and Zinedine Zidane to impress, he’s got lots to play for.
Here’s hoping he can make an Estrella and Paella-fuelled impact.