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Decision on Ceballos’ Arsenal future was ‘made weeks ago’ as Arteta confirms he warned midfielder before red vs Villarreal


Decision on Ceballos’ Arsenal future was ‘made weeks ago’ as Arteta confirms he warned midfielder before red vs Villarreal

 

An update on the future of on-loan Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has been forthcoming online on Friday.

Pepe pulls one back

The name of Spanish international Ceballos has of course been back in the headlines over the last 24 hours.

This comes with the 24-year-old having been lucky not to cost Arsenal dear in the club’s meeting with Villarreal.

Mikel Arteta and co. made the trip to the Estadio de la Ceramica on Thursday night, for the first-leg of their crunch Europa League semi-final showdown with Villarreal.

The clash marked a crucial one for the Gunners, with Europa League glory representing the club’s only realistic shot at securing European football for next season.

In turn, when Arsenal fell two goals behind inside half an hour courtesy of strikes from Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol, the hopes of the Premier League giants looked set to go up in smoke.

This was then followed by the aforementioned Ceballos being sent for an early bath just shy of the hour mark, after picking up a needless 2nd yellow card.

Thankfully for all associated with the club, Nicolas Pepe’s spot-kick inside the closing twenty minutes kept Arsenal very much in the tie ahead of next week’s 2nd-leg, but, all told, the north Londoners were lucky not to have seen their campaign essentially ended in the east of Spain on Thursday.

‘Expected to leave’

In turn, speaking during his post-match interview, it came as little surprise when Mikel Arteta was drawn on Ceballos’ foolish dismissal.

Calls had mounted for the midfielder to be withdrawn in the buildup to his 2nd booking, with Arteta having confirmed that, after coming to the realisation that Ceballos had not heeded his half-time warning, a change was being readied:

‘I haven’t seen the action again [but] obviously we talked at half time that you have to be careful.’

‘I was going to take him off but by the time Gabi (Gabriel Martinelli) was ready to come on that action happened and he was out.’

In the aftermath of their side’s miraculous escape last night, many an Arsenal fan, in turn, have since made clear their feelings that Ceballos’ loan from Real Madrid should not be made permanent this summer.

And, if the latest word stemming from the media is anything to go by, then such supporters need not fret.

As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the decision for Ceballos to return to the Spanish capital was made ‘weeks ago’, with a future in north London beyond the end of the season having seemingly been ruled out:

 

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2 Manchester United FC 33 29 67
3 Leicester City FC 33 22 62
4 Chelsea FC 33 20 58
5 West Ham United FC 33 10 55
6 Liverpool FC 33 16 54
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 33 18 53
8 Everton FC 32 4 52
9 Leeds United 33 0 47
10 Arsenal FC 33 7 46
11 Aston Villa FC 32 9 45
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 33 -13 41
13 Crystal Palace FC 32 -20 38
14 Burnley FC 33 -15 36
15 Southampton FC 32 -18 36
16 Newcastle United FC 33 -18 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 33 -6 34
18 Fulham FC 33 -18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 33 -34 25
20 Sheffield United FC 33 -38 17
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 15
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
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Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 10
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