Dani Ceballos made a dream debut in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
The Real Madrid loanee produced a display worthy of a standing ovation from The Emirates as he left the pitch after 83 minutes.
Unai Emery also handed David Luiz a start alongside Sokratis and was rewarded with a composed performance from the £8 million deadline day signing.
But Ceballos was undoubtedly the star of the show, pulling the strings in midfield with an effortless authority Arsenal fans have craved for years.
The Spaniard drifted between two distinct roles throughout his full Premier League debut - a decision Emery claims was to emphasise his versatility.
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“It’s to use his quality in the best position in our team,” the Arsenal boss told BT Sport, per Eurosport.
“I spoke with him before coming here, it’s to play as an eight and a No.10. He started like a 10 but changed with Willock.”
It raises the question of whether Emery will eventually have a hard time choosing which position is best for the 23-year-old.
But for the time being, Arsenal fans will just want to rejoice at his sublime first outing.
Checkout Ceballos’ highlights against Burnley in the video below…
Ceballos looks to have all the attributes of a hugely influential player and has made a big statement in his bid to become a regular starter at Arsenal.
Emery issued a challenge of sorts to his new signings before Saturday’s clash, claiming he didn’t know if the Gunners’ summer arrivals would make his side stronger than last season.
He certainly changed his tune after the final whistle, though.
"We wanted to create here one big atmosphere with our supporters, together do that way today. I think with some new players they made an impact today," the 47-year-old said.
"Last year we lost some points in some moments, we didn’t have some possibilities for some matches. I prefer to have important players on the bench. The team is going to be more competitive.
"We wanted to be competitive in each position in the squad. Today is out Xhaka, Ozil, Holding, Bellerin. When every player is available to play it’s perfect. But we need to be competitive."
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