Tuesday 17 September 2019

Arsenal confirm season-long loan signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid

Spain’s Dani Ceballos is heading for Arsenal (Nick Potts/PA)
Spain’s Dani Ceballos is heading for Arsenal (Nick Potts/PA)
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Arsenal have completed the season-long loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.

The 22-year-old Spain international is highly-regarded at the Bernabeu and made 23 LaLiga appearances throughout the 2018/19 campaign.

But Ceballos, who has six senior caps and also helped Spain's Under-21s to Euro 2019 success this summer, will now spend a year in north London after agreeing to a temporary switch to the Emirates Stadium

The move had been expected but Arsenal head coach Unai Emery threw a little doubt on the deal after Real's Marco Asensio suffered a serious knee injury in a friendly win over the Gunners earlier in the week.

"We're excited to see Dani join us," Emery said on the announcement of the deal.

"He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision."

Ceballos becomes Arsenal's second signing of the summer, following 18-year-old striker Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano.

Arsenal are also likely to confirm the capture of St Etienne defender William Saliba, also 18, in the coming days - although it is anticipated that he will be loaned back to the Ligue 1 outfit for the forthcoming season.

Ceballos tweeted soon after the announcement: "The decision has been made. This season I will be a gunner! I am anxious to start. Hello Arsenal. Here I am."

The former Sevilla and Real Betis youngster will wear the number eight shirt during his time at Arsenal and could feature in Sunday's Emirates Cup meeting with Lyon.

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