Dani Ceballos made it abundantly clear where his allegiances lie when he signed on loan this summer.
He maintained that his future lay with Real Madrid, his only wish to return to the Bernabeu after this campaign.
Why leave? Well, Zinedine Zidane was not exactly a fan of starting Ceballos in his teams. With Euro 2020 looming, a top national squad such as Spain’s would require a squad member to be playing regularly, and so Ceballos sought pastures new – at least temporarily.
Now, he is wearing the red and white of Arsenal and has impressed thus far, adapting to the quicker pace and physicality quickly and putting in some dynamite performances.
As every game passes though, his exit from the club nears our sight.
So where will that leave us?
We will have a gap in our squad for a Number10. With Ozil’s days seemingly numbered while Emery is in charge, we will need a playmaker for next season – but could Ceballos stay?
The Spanish international has found his way back into the Spain squad since the start of this season, and has already spoken of his happiness in London and at Arsenal. He specifically mentioned the fanbase, and how we have already engineered a song for him, which has really had an impact on him.
Enough to make him want to stay? Probably not. Ceballos is a Madrid boy and will want to make it at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Still, if he is receiving a decent wage at Arsenal, in the first team regularly and is getting recognition from Los Rioja? Isn’t that exactly what any player would want?
Unfortunately, we won’t know his ultimate destination until after Euro 2020, but it is important that our club has a contingency plan should Ceballos go back to Real.
Ceballos seems tailor-made for our team right now, but we could be hamstrung next season should we build up a dependency on him.
Over to you Raul Sanllehi.