Mikel Arteta is looking for midfield muscle in the transfer market. Arsenal lack creativity in centre.
Arsenal may not be over with some players that looked to move on from their spell at Emirates. While Arteta is trying to look forward to fresh transfers in the current summer window, he is ensuring the stitched pieces of previous season stay.
While chemistry in the team prospered in the doubtful defense, youngsters like Guendouzi and Torreira fell out of favor. As the team ended their season with atleast 1 silverware, the manager has got busy making plans for the upcoming season.
Reports from Spain, El Desmarque, indicate the Gunners are busy negotiating a loan extension for Dani Ceballos. The former Real Betis man has returned to Bernebeau and is measuring up his next move to either England or a stay in Spain.
Arsenal managing the midfield area well
Mikel Arteta may look very much interested in Thomas Partey, but he understands that affording him will be an uphill battle for 2 reasons. Firstly, Simeone is stubborn on the fee and secondly, Arsenal cannot assure him regular Champions League football.
The solution? Makeshift arrangement with whatever they have. Arteta has done that very well too, making a triangle with Xhaka and Ceballos at the base of the triangle. Failure to land Partey leaves him with this option – bring back Ceballos, a proven lad at Emirates.
Though buying him may cost as much as Partey, the loan extension does seem a possibility. Arsenal are already on the lookout for a fresh centre back and are chasing Lille defender Gabriel. Additionally, they are ready to sell ‘unruly’ Guendouzi too. Precisely, Pep’s ex-assistant is handling things pretty well at Emirates.
Dany Ceballos: A gem of a pivot
Dani Ceballos has been the perfect pivot to lift a rather mediocre team to FA Cup glory. While Aubameyang ensured the cannon continued working, the Spaniard made sure the final third is fortified well.
In his 23 appearances at Arsenal this season, he has 2 goals and 2 assists with almost 1 shot per game. While his attacking stats may not look deadly, he isn’t a striker too. What matters is the passing of the ball in the middle of the park, given his position. That stat stands at 88.8%. (Source: WhoScored)
In the national team too, he takes up a position similar to that of Barcelona veteran Sergio Busquets. His presence and runs played a crucial role in Real Betis’s promotion too. Needless to say, if control on the midfield is needed, he is the man to go to.
How likely is an extension possible?
When Ceballos returned to Spain, it looked almost certain he will leave again for a loan spell. Then Coronavirus happened and the economy went haywire. Real Madrid management made it abundantly clear that they won’t make any high profile signing next season.
With eventual departures of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Reiner on loan, further moves remain a faint possibility. Zidane wants someone to take…