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Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has hailed midfielder Dani Ceballos, labelling him a ‘great market opportunity’ for the Gunners.
Ceballos headed to the Emirates on loan from Real Madrid in the summer, signing a one-year deal as he searched for the first-team football that wasn’t on offer at the Bernabeu.
His arrival was considered something of a coup for the Gunners, with many predicting he would have a strong season on loan in London.
He certainly started on the right foot, with a series of impressive performances quickly earning him praise from fans and pundits alike.
Like Arsenal’s season, though, his form soon tailed off, with injuries and a lack of form impacting his performances in the middle of the campaign.
However, it seems he still made an impact on Emery, who was replaced as Arsenal manager by Mikel Arteta in December, who was quick to praise the midfielder in an interview with AS.
“Dani is a player who has excellent qualities and an incredible mentality,” he told the newspaper.
“He wants to succeed. For Arsenal, he was a great market opportunity.
“He played with me, then he got injured and was out for a while, he recovered, and now, when he plays again, it’s a question of him showing his talent again.”