Arteta plotting Ceballos stay

07 July 2020 20:29:26 GMTPlus10

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would love to keep Dani Ceballos and is talking to his parent club Real Madrid about extending his stay at the Emirates.

Ceballos joined the Gunners in July but struggled to hit the ground running,  missing two months of action with a hamstring injury.

However, his fortunes have improved in recent times and he was on hand to fire Arsenal into the FA Cup semi-finals with an injury-time winner at Sheffield United last month.

I'm really happy with him, the way he's evolving.

Mikel Arteta

The 23-year-old has made 14 Premier League starts and five substitute appearances and talks are ongoing about a potential extension into next season, with the player contracted to Madrid under 2023.

But, as the Gunners prepare for a home game against Leicester on Tuesday, Arteta said he was looking at keeping Ceballos and making other moves in the loan market.

Arsenal are six points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and will be waiting on Uefa's decision on Manchester City's Financial Fair Play penalty to see if that would be enough to earn a place in next season's Champions League.

"We are talking to the club (Real Madrid)," Arteta said. "Obviously we don't own the player, he's not in our hands so the clubs will need to communicate and see what we can do. I'm really happy with him, the way he's evolving.

"We have to be open to different situations. I think the market will give us the opportunity to do certain (loan) deals like this but at the moment I cannot comment on that.

On his side's hopes for the rest of the season, the boss added: "It's clear that it's not in our hands. The only thing we can do is win as many games as possible and see what happens with the opponent."

Arsenal are 2.20 to beat Leicester, who are 3.20 to take three points and the draw is available at 3.50.

The Gunners are 21.00 to finish in the top six.

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