Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that Arsenal will already be looking into the possibility of signing on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos on a permanent basis, after he started in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday.
Ceballos, 23, started his first game for the Gunners after only being used as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Newcastle United. He created both goals for Unai Emery’s side, taking the corner which saw Alexandre Lacazette score from close range.
The midfielder, on loan from Real Madrid, then created his side’s winner after Ashley Barnes continued his excellent form with a third Premier League goal in two games. Ceballos won the ball high up the pitch, playing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal have included a permanent clause in Ceballos’ contract with the Gunners, but it is unclear as to how much the north Londoners would have to pay for his signature come the end of the season – or indeed at any point until then.
“What a performance from Dani Ceballos on his full Premier League debut,” Redknapp said. “Arsenal must already be tempted to ask Real Madrid how much it would cost to sign their loanee on a permanent deal.
“Jurgen Klopp will watch back Arsenal’s win over Burnley and note they need to stop Ceballos at Anfield next week. That will be a great test of the 23-year-old’s ability.”
TBR’s view – Ceballos can be the creative spark Arsenal are missing
Cesc Fabregas left to join Barcelona, and he was replaced by Santi Cazorla for many years. Cazorla became injury prone and eventually left the club, before Aaron Ramsey took over the mantle as Arsenal’s playmaker.
With Mesut Ozil blowing hot and cold, Emery needs someone from midfield to step up and connect the midfield and attack – scoring goals and creating opportunities for the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette.
He can be the Fabregas, Cazorla, Ramsey-type player that Arsenal desperately need.