Owen Hargreaves compares Dani Ceballos to Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas

Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos
Ceballos has burst back onto the scene after a long-term injury (Picture: Getty Images)

Former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves sees elements of Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas’ game in midfielder Dani Ceballos.

The Spaniard has endured a mixed spell in north London since joining on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer.

After looking likely to return to his parent club in January, Ceballos has found his way back into the side under new boss Mikel Arteta.

The 23-year-old put in a standout performance last weekend during Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Newcastle in the Premier League.

Ex-Manchester United man Hargeaves told Premier League Productions: ‘He’s a flair player, he’s like Cesc [Fabregas], not as good, but like Cesc.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
Arteta has seemingly turned Ceballos’ future around (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The performances where he was brilliant was against Burnley, where Burnley don’t have much of the ball, and Newcastle, who also don’t have much of the ball.

‘But he went to Anfield and really struggled because of the intensity of the game.

‘Arteta’s done a good job in finding the perfect blend in the right game.’

37-year-old Arteta has won four of his 10 games as Arsenal boss since taking over from fellow Spaniard Unai Emery in December.

Hargreaves is impressed with what he’s seen so far, adding: ‘I like what Arteta is doing with Arsenal, they play with more energy and urgency, the performances have been good.

‘The results haven’t been as good as anticipated, but I think that’s going to come.

‘I love his demeanour, he’s not too up and not too down, as a young manager that is going to be important.’

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