After two years on loan from Real Madrid, Dani Ceballos has confirmed that he is leaving Arsenal.
Lured to England by Unai Emery, he initially struggled to win over Mikel Arteta but eventually became an important cog in the midfield during the second half of the 2019/20 season.
In total, the Spaniard played 77 games for the Gunners, making five assists and scoring two goals, including a last-gasp quarter-final winner against Sheffield United on our way to FA Cup success. There was also *that* game against Burnley when we thought we’d signed Maradona combined with Patrick Vieira.
In the end, Ceballos’ time as a Gunner, thanks to a few iffy recent performances, petered out a bit and it never looked particularly likely that we’d pursue a permanent deal.
The 24-year-old had hoped another year in London would help him secure a place in Spain’s squad for the European Championships, but that didn’t happen. On the plus side, when he returns to the Bernabeu, he’ll find that none of his Real teammates made Luis Enrique’s shortlist either.
We wish Dani (and his coterie of haircuts) all the best for the future.
Here’s his rather lovely parting message in full…
Thanks @Arsenal and thanks to all Gunners.🙌🏻
For welcoming me with so much love from the very first day I wore this jersey. For letting me experience the feeling of being a Gunner and allowing me to be a part of your family all this time.
A complicated year – for many reasons- has come to its end. Especially for having missed the chance of living home matches in the Emirates with our supporters. Still, I assure you that I will never forget your warmth and support in every moment. I am sure that Arsenal, being a historic and great team, will soon be back on top, winning championships and being a reference as it is and always has been. This club, and especially its supporters, deserve it, and I am confident that they will achieve it.
Thanks to all those people who are part of the team: coaches, kit men, medical staff, communications and marketing team, employees, managers and especially the supporters.
All those persons who so often work quietly giving all they have for this great club.
I want you to know that I have always worked very hard and tried my very best for this crest and this jersey.
I wish you all the best and the success that I’m sure will come.
💪⚽️ Let’s go Gunners! ⚽️💪
GOODBYE. THANKS FOR ALL!