Robin van Persie hails ‘very clever’ Dani Ceballos after midfielder scores Arsenal’s winner against Sheffield United

Dani Ceballos celebrates scoring a stoppage-time winner for Arsenal at Sheffield United in their FA Cup quarter-final clash
Dani Ceballos scored a stoppage-time winner for Arsenal at Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie reserved special praise for Dani Ceballos after the midfielder scored a dramatic late winner in the side’s FA Cup quarter-final clash with Sheffield United.

Nicolas Pepe converted a 25th-minute penalty after Chris Basham’s foul on Alexandre Lacazette to put the Gunners in front at Bramall Lane and Mikel Arteta’s side looked to be cruising towards the semi-finals.

But David McGoldrick found an equaliser in the 87th minute to set up a tense finish before second-half substitute Ceballos immediately hit back to book Arsenal’s place at Wembley.

Ceballos scores Arsenal's winner at Bramall Lane
The Spain midfielder beat Henderson to book Arsenal’s spot at Wembley (Picture: Getty)

The Spaniard, who extended his loan spell with Arsenal earlier this week, picked up the ball on the right side of the penalty area and snuck a precise shot under the body of Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Reacting to Ceballos’ strike following Arsenals 2-1 victory, BT Sport pundit Van Persie said: ‘It was a very good finish.

‘He’s a very clever player because most players would cross it there.

‘He waits, he sees that the back-post is free for a cross but he’s guessing, hoping that the ‘keeper gambles.

‘I think the ‘keeper doesn’t do great but it’s a great goal. His idea to play it out like that from the first touch to his third touch.

‘Great goal. Beautiful play.’

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand praised Arsenal for their spirited response to McGoldrick’s late equaliser but felt Henderson should have dealt better with Ceballos’ strike.

The ex-United and England centre-back said: ‘As a defender I would be very upset with the goalkeeper there because I’m saying to the goalkeeper, “Nothing goes through the front post”.

‘The goalkeepers’ union might suggest something different but when I was playing that’s how I would feel.

‘I’d tell my goalkeeper, “You defend the near post and if it comes across us defenders have to deal with it”.

‘He shouldn’t be scoring from there for me.’

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