Arsenal's Ceballos deal explained

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Arsenal have enjoyed a great deal of success with Dani Ceballos.

The midfielder arrived on loan from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window and has gone on to become an integral member of Mikel Arteta’s squad.

He has made 37 appearances for the Gunners throughout the campaign, scoring twice and registering two assists.

He played in every single game after lockdown, including the full 90 minutes in the club’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea at Wembley.

And his future has been the subject of much debate.

Arsenal do not have the option to turn Ceballos’ loan into a permanent deal and he could well return to the Spanish club if an agreement between the two clubs cannot be reached.

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And The Athletic have now issued an update on the 24-year-old’s future.

The two clubs are said to be in talks over a possible extension, as Arteta wants him to stay in north London.

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However, they are not in a financial position to sign him permanently following the COVID-19 outbreak.

As a result, they will attempt to keep him on loan instead of trying to keep him permanently.

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Ceballos has been a key member of the club’s squad this season.

In his 18 starts in the league, he has averaged 1.2 key passes, per WhoScored, along with 1.1 dribbles, while he is fouled 1.5 times per game.

He also averages a pass completion rate of 87.9%, 1.9 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game.

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He is much like the glue that holds the Arsenal midfield together and he has all the ability in the world when it comes to moving the ball and also winning it back.

Keeping him has to be a priority; be it on loan or in a permanent transfer.

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