Real Madrid Transfers: An update on Dani Ceballos’ dismal Arsenal future

Arsenal, Dani Ceballos (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Arsenal, Dani Ceballos (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos has been a huge disappointment in the 2020-2021 season. Last winter, it looked like he could be on his way out of Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta convinced the Spanish international to stick around. Ceballos wanted to get consistent playing time to prove he belongs in the national team squad for the upcoming Euros.

And Ceballos was on his way to proving himself. He had a great summer to help Arsenal finish the season strong. Thus, he earned himself another year on loan in North London.

Unfortunately, Ceballos has been disastrous this season. He has been one of Arsenal’s many poor performers. But worse yet, he is showing serious disciplinary issues and is a risk to be sent off in any given match. Ceballos is a booking machine, and he is not good when he’s on the pitch either. He holds the ball too long, fails to link up with his teammates, and doesn’t seem to have the ability to play in a set role.

Perhaps Ceballos is a better fit for a mid-level La Liga side than a mid-level Premier League side. We’ll know soon enough, because that appears to be where he’s headed next.

Dani Ceballos won’t be staying with Arsenal

According to Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Dani Ceballos is expected to leave the Gunners this summer and head back to Real Madrid. Per Romano, Arsenal came to that decision “weeks ago”. And once he returns to his parent club, we’ll know the next step in his future.

Surely, his future is not in Madrid. Nobody rates him. The fans have seen enough from his time in Arsenal and know that if he’s not good enough for a team that won’t even make the Europa League next season, then he is 100 percent not good enough for a Champions League title contender. Zinedine Zidane does not seem to rate him either, and it’s no wonder why, when looking at how he’s played for Arsenal this season.

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Madridistas hoped Ceballos would play well enough this season to earn a permanent move to North London, but Arsenal sure as hell won’t waste their limited funds on such an ill-disciplined, inconsistent player. Ceballos can be a quality midfielder for a team in La Liga, and that’s likely his future. Someone will buy him, perhaps his old team Real Betis. But Los Blancos won’t make as much money from a side like Los Verdiblancos as they would have from the Gunners.