Mikel Arteta says Dani Ceballos has improved his performances, but the Arsenal boss has not yet discussed his future with Real Madrid.
Ceballos, 23, signed for Arsenal on a season-long loan in the summer, when Unai Emery was in charge.
The attacking midfielder though has seen his time at The Emirates plagued by injury problems after injuring his hamstring at the end of November.
He was able to return in the FA Cup win at Bournemouth at the end of January, and he has since gone on to make five more appearances under Arteta.
Ceballos’ long-term future is unclear, but Arteta is happy the Madrid man is improving after starting the last two Premier League games in central midfield.
“We haven’t had any discussions about it [a permanent deal],” the Gunners boss told his press conference on Thursday.
“I’m really happy with Dani and what he’s bringing to the team right now.
“It took him a while after his injury to get to the level that he has and that I’ve seen in the past. He’s performing much better now and that’s why he’s playing much more games.”
“I think I played in too many games,” he said. “I played 17 matches in two months, I was the only player who had played in every game.
“I spoke to [former Arsenal boss] Unai [Emery] and explained I wanted to play in every competition. Sometimes you have to accept you made mistakes.
“It is the toughest time I have had as a professional but it is important to learn from this.
“Mikel is going to be a great coach for Arsenal. He has learned from Pep [Guardiola], he has a game philosophy that I think fits perfectly in what he asks for his team.
“Since I came back I have been working with him just two weeks and now is when I have to show him that I am fit to play in Arsenal. After the break I will be important.”