Unai Emery backs Dani Ceballos to be Arsenal’s key man under Mikel Arteta after Premier League restart

Dani Ceballos will play a key role in Arsenal's end to the season, says Unai Emery
Dani Ceballos will play a key role in Arsenal’s end to the season, says Unai Emery (Getty)

Unai Emery has backed Dani Ceballos to be a key player for Mikel Arteta once Arsenal’s Premier League season resumes.

Ceballos was signed on loan from Real Madrid last summer with Emery playing a key role in convincing the midfielder to make the move to the Premier League.

The 23-year-old made an impressive start to his stint at Arsenal but a hamstring injury in November kept him sidelined for nearly three months.

After being left on the bench by Arteta for three consecutive Premier League games, Ceballos was reintroduced to the team and had started in the Gunners’ last three league fixtures before the season was halted following the coronavirus outbreak.

Arteta’s side now have 10 games remaining in the Premier League and Emery believes Ceballos will be a key part of Arteta’s push to secure a top-four finish.

Unai Emery played a key role in bringing Dani Ceballos to Arsenal
Unai Emery played a key role in bringing Dani Ceballos to Arsenal (Getty Images)

‘Dani is a player who has excellent qualities and an incredible mentality: he wants to succeed,’ Emery said in an interview with AS.

‘For Arsenal it was a great market opportunity.

‘He played with me, then he was injured and he was out for a long time, he has recovered and now, when the league resumes, he will certainly demonstrate his qualities again.’

Emery remains out of work after being sacked by Arsenal at the end of November.

The 48-year-old has been linked with a return to La Liga and suggests a return to the Spanish top flight is his most likely destination.

‘At the moment, I am watching a lot of football, and the lockdown situation invites it,’ said Emery.

Unai Emery says a return to La Liga is likely to be his next move
Unai Emery says a return to La Liga is likely to be his next move (Getty Images)

‘More Spanish, I have to say, but I am not ruling anything out.

‘I will be where they want me and they show it to me, where the project is attractive, to be able to be in Champions or Europa League, but I do not close the door to anything.’

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