Arteta looking to bring midfielder back to Arsenal

Arsenal snapped up Brazilian winger Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea last week, whilst also made the signings of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares permanent as Mikel Arteta looks to build his own team.

The 2019-20 FA Cup winners finished in a dismal 8th place in the Premier League, some 10 points outside of the Champions League places.

With a number of promising talents being handed several minutes this past season, the future looks bright down at the Emirates. Gabriel Martinelli, Kieran Tierney, Bykayo Saka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock all impressed on a number of occasions this past season.

The Gunners will also have highly-rated centre-back William Saliba join the ranks this summer after spending a year back at loan at Saint-Etienne this past campaign.

One player Mikel Arteta wants back at Arsenal is midfielder Dani Ceballos. The 24-year-old played a key part in their good performances during the second half of the season, which included winning the FA Cup.

The Spaniard had been on loan from Real Madrid for the season and is expected to link up with the La Liga champions for pre-season training in the coming weeks.

Ceballos is under contract at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium until 2023 although it is unclear whether Zinedine Zidane has any plans for the nine-time Spanish international.

Sky Sports understand that Mikel Arteta is ‘intent’ on bringing Dani Ceballos back for a second season at Arsenal but that the North London club are unlikely to go in for a permanent move.

Real Madrid paid Real Betis just €18 million for the youngster’s services back in 2017 and he had gone on to make 56 appearances in all competitions for the world footballing giants, before being shipped out to the English Premier League last summer.

Dani Ceballos made 24 Premier League appearances (18 starts) this past season in a campaign that saw him sidelined through injuries on occasion. He played an influential full 90 minutes in the 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea at the start of the month.