Ian Wright tells Mikel Arteta to avoid signing Dani Ceballos for Arsenal

Ian Wright believes Arsenal should avoid signing Dani Ceballos
Ian Wright believes Arsenal should avoid signing Dani Ceballos (Premier League Productions)

Ian Wright believes Arsenal should not permanently sign Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid this summer and feels Mikel Arteta needs at least five new players to break into the top six in the Premier League.

Ceballos is currently spending his second season on loan with the Gunners but the midfielder has indicated that he prefers to return to La Liga this summer.

Arsenal do not have a purchase option in their loan agreement with Real Madrid, and Wright believes the 24-year-old has not done enough to remain at the club.

Wright is also keen to see Joe Willock handed another chance by Arteta following his impressive performances on loan at Newcastle United.

When asked about the future of Arsenal’s players who have left the club on loan, as well as Ceballos and Martin Odegaard, Wright told Premier League Productions: ‘You say who’s vulnerable, you look at [Lucas] Torreira and [Matteo] Guendouzi, Joe Willock is doing very well at Newcastle, [William] Saliba’s doing well as well.

‘You look at it and you think to yourself those players, every one of them apart from [Konstantinos] Mavropanos who’s not really had a chance [and] Saliba, maybe those players should be where they are.

Dani Ceballos is currently in his second season on loan at Arsenal
Dani Ceballos is currently in his second season on loan at Arsenal (TPI/REX)

‘I’d like to see Joe Willock get an opportunity but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

‘I don’t think we should be signing Ceballos, I just don’t think he’s what we need now.

‘I think that we’ve got young players coming through who should get an opportunity in front of Ceballos.

‘If he’s going to do anything to stay at Arsenal it would’ve been seen already by now.

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‘Odegaard is somebody who I’d like to see sign, but at the same time the people who are going to oversee who’s coming in and who’s going out are unfortunately the same people who signed someone like Willian for three years.

‘Are we going to give those people the power to try to do this overhaul? I don’t trust them. It worries me.

‘As much as the manager is passionate and the players are working hard, I’m not sure I trust the people in charge to try and make stuff happen in the summer, to oversee that job. I don’t see them doing it.’

Asked how many new signings are needed for Arsenal to challenge the top six teams, Wright replied: ‘Five or six players, easily. With what you’re looking at with the players in there right now.

‘For Arsenal to get to a level where we’re a lot better than where we are now, we should be a lot further than that with the players we’ve got, there has to be some unbelievable recruiting to happen.

‘That’s not going to be in one summer that’s going to happen. It’s going to be a while to get that level of player for them to start progressing where Arsenal should be.’

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