Dani Ceballos reveals reason behind Arsenal move

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The Spaniard returned to Arsenal for the second loan spell.

Daniel Ceballos has revealed his reason behind returning to Arsenal for the second loan stint.

The Spaniard had an impressive first spell with the Gunners last season before he returned to his parent club Real Madrid.

While the Los Blancos held out on the 24-year-old at the beginning, he still managed to force his way out to return to North London for his second spell. Mikel Arteta played a key role behind Ceballos’ transfer as the Gunners manager was more than convinced with his compatriot’s performance.

Ceballos has now revealed that returning to Emirates Stadium was his priority despite Madrid’s reluctance to send him.

“After the season I spoke to Jose Angel Sanchez and I told him I’d spoken to Mikel about staying at Arsenal,” Ceballos said.

“They told me to wait for a month for the team to come back and make a decision, but my idea was clear to return to my club where I’d ended well with the boss’s confidence.

The former Real Betis star also added that he can become an important player at Arsenal, keeping in mind the forthcoming competitions like the Euros and Olympics.

“You look at what’s coming next summer, the Euros and Olympics, you need an important role in your team and after the lockdown I found the role I’d been looking for in recent years with Mikel.”

The Gunners signed Ceballos on a season-long loan with no transfer fee but agreeing to pay his wages.

The Spanish midfielder was instrumental in Arsenal’s win in the FA Cup final win against Chelsea.