Arsenal star compared to Kevin De Bruyne by Jamie Redknapp


Arsenal have been sensational in the last couple of weeks.

From a side who looked out for the count after defeat against Brighton, they have turned things around in some style.

Wins over Southampton, Sheffield United, and most impressively Wolves has seen new-found confidence about their play.

Mikel Arteta deserves plenty of credit. His substitutes, game plan and tactics were spot on at Molineux last Saturday.

However, there's one player who has been a completely different footballer since the Spaniard replaced Unai Emery.

That happens to be Dani Ceballos.

The midfielder signed on loan from Real Madrid last summer but has struggled to find any rhythm in English football. However, he scored against the Blades and then registered a pre-assist against Leicester on Tuesday evening.


It was a performance that earned plenty of praise, not least from the Sky Sports pundits.

Speaking on Sky Sports Main Event during their coverage of the Gunners' clash with Leicester, former Spurs man Jamie Redknapp compared him to one of the most creative in the league.

Redknapp remarked:

"It's been a masterclass from him. He always looks to play that pass and dissect the play. 

"He's been instrumental in everything he's done. He showed signs when he first arrived but then struggled under Emery. That pass, though, that was De Bruyne esque."

If there was one player in world football you'd want to be compared to if you played in the middle of the park, it would certainly be the Manchester City dynamo.


GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Ceballos looked a terrific player in his early Arsenal days.

A performance against Burnley at the Emirates right at the start of this season earned comparisons to a certain Santi Cazorla.

The Real Madrid loanee was fantastic, winning the ball back and distributing it expertly. 

That display was largely similar to the one he put in against the Foxes on Tuesday night.

He was at his creative best, playing a quite wonderful ball into the feet of Bukayo Saka for the Gunners' opening goal.


The 23-year-old span his marker in expert fashion before playing a delicious through ball in behind the defence.

Ceballos has been instrumental in Arteta's tenure so far and it's remarkable he only has two assists all season. He is better than his numbers suggest.

It'll be interesting to see whether Arsenal want him back next season.

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