Mikel Arteta has expressed his delight and named Dani Ceballos’ key traits after the midfielder rejoined the club on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
The Spain midfielder scored two goals in 36 appearances for the Gunners last campaign. He also helped Arteta’s side win the FA Cup having joined on a temporary deal in July 2019.
He impressed enough for Arteta to want him to return to the Emirates Stadium. With plenty of competition for places at Real, Ceballos has once again opted to spend the season at Arsenal.
He flew into London on Wednesday to complete the deal and Arsenal have now made it official.
Arteta said: “Dani was an integral part of our team last season. He finished the season in excellent form.”
Naming his key traits, Arteta added: “I love Dani’s passion and commitment and he’s a highly skilful player. We’re all delighted to welcome him back. We look forward to seeing him pick up where he left off.
Despite reported late interest from former club Real Betis it always seemed likely Ceballos would return to Arsenal.
Ceballos posted his support for Arsenal during their penalty shootout win over Liverpool in the Community Shield.
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The midfielder will not be available for the season opener away to newly-promoted Fulham as he will be required to quarantine for 14 days as per the UK’s coronavirus rules.
The loan signing of Ceballos follows the earlier free transfer of Willian from Chelsea and the arrival of defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.
Technical director Edu told the club’s official website: “We’re thrilled to have Dani back with us for the new season. We all know his qualities after an impressive 2019/2020 campaign, which ended with him playing a key role in our FA Cup success.
“We’re excited to add Dani to the list of quality players we are bringing in.”