Arsenal have this evening confirmed that Dani Ceballos has returned to the club from Real Madrid for the 2020/21 campaign.
Spanish international Ceballos of course spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan in north London.
And, after a somewhat hit-and-miss start to life in the Premier League, the final months of the season saw the 24-year-old go on to establish himself as one of the Gunners’ star performers.
The arrival of Mikel Arteta proved key in Ceballos getting things back on track, with the midfielder having evidently responded positively to the teachings of his fellow countryman.
Under Arteta’s guidance, the Real Madrid loanee added a further element of bite and aggression to his game, a crucial element in Arsenal’s run to FA Cup glory last month.
All told, across his year-long stint at the Emirates, Ceballos notched 37 appearances.
As such, on the back of his stellar production over the season’s run-in, there had since unsurprisingly been widespread calls amongst Arsenal’s fanbase for Ceballos to return for the 2020/21 campaign.
And, as outlined above, the wishes of the Gunners faithful have this evening been granted.
On the back of mounting speculation over recent days that a deal was inching closer to completion, Arsenal have announced Ceballos’ move back to the club.
The Spaniard has put pen-to-paper on another season-long loan, with Real Madrid thought to have waived any fee in exchange for the north Londoners covering Ceballos’ wages in full:
🗞 Dani Ceballos has rejoined us for a second successive season-long loan from Real Madrid!
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 4, 2020
Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, has since expressed his ‘delight’ at luring his fellow countryman back to the Emirates:
Arteta on Ceballos: “Dani was an integral part of our team and finished last season in excellent form. I love Dani’s passion and commitment and he’s a highly skilful player. We’re all delighted to welcome him back.”
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) September 4, 2020
Arsenal’s latest look
In other Arsenal-related news on Friday, meanwhile, photos of the club’s rumoured 3rd-kit for the 2020/21 campaign have leaked online.
The images, courtesy of the reliable FootyHeadlines.com, showcase a classy marbled blue design, accompanied by a gold trim, with Adidas’ trademark trio of stripes lining either side of the jersey:
🔵⚫🔶 BREAKING – Official Pictures: Arsenal 20-21 Third Kit Leaked: https://t.co/6OagO5B2RC
— Footy Headlines (@Footy_Headlines) September 4, 2020