Mesut Ozil happy at Arsenal, Gunners Midfielder deal officially done, Arteta reveals Arsenal plan for midfielder
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Mikel Arteta insists Dani Ceballos is ready to return for Arsenal and believes the midfielder will play in a more advanced role.
After months and month and months of transfer speculation during the summer transfer window, the Gunners finally managed to finalise a try-before-they officially buy deal for the Spaniard, as Emery was desperate to add another midfielder to the side after Aaron Ramsey departed the club.
The Spaniard made an immediate impact on the Gunners side and got many fans excited about his ability on the ball, especially as they have been crying out for a player like him since Cesc Fabregas left the club.
Ceballos has been an unused substitute in Arsenal’s last two fixtures but Arteta feels the midfielder is now closing in on a comeback after regaining his fitness.
Speaking on Friday, THE BOSS SAID: “He’s much closer to the fitness levels that I expect from him to be competitive with his teammates.
“Obviously, he had a long-term injury, he had an adaptation to this league.
“I know him really well from Spain, I watched him many, many times. He’s a player who can fit our style and now he needs to make the step forward and make things difficult for me, for my selection.”
And Arteta has admitted that he doesn’t think he’ll use him in Mesut Ozil’s position. Instead, he thinks the Real Madrid loanee will work better as part of a midfield duo.
“I like him more when he’s close to the box rather than coming deep to receive the ball,” explained Arteta.
“Defensively he can play in a two, rather than as a number 10. I don’t really see him as an isolated number 10 playing with two holding midfielder.
“He’s a very creative player, one who can cause problems in the final third, he always wants the ball, he had beig personality to play so I like him.”
Mesut Ozil insists he is more than happy to work under former teammate Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
Mesut Ozil is one of the Gunners biggest players and one of the best number tens in world football, when he is on top form. But he has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past 12 months as his performances in an Arsenal shirt have not matched the wages he was given under Arsene Wenger.
And that has led to a lot of transfer speculation in the media over the past few weeks that he could actually leave the club, despite claims from the German himself that he will be seeing out his contract at the Emirates, meaning that the Gunners will need to find an adequate replacement for the German star.
But despite speculation about his future under Unai Emery, Ozil insists he enjoys playing for the 37-year-old in his system.
“We have a normal relationship,” Ozil told the Standard.
“We were team-mates. We respected each other a lot and he was already a team captain at the time so in general players respected him and now he has just continued building up on that.
“As a playmaker, I need a lot of space. His playing style allows me to get that space and it is so important to be successful.”
Huddersfield have announced the signing of midfielder Emile Smith Rowe on loan from Arsenal.
The 19-year-old England Under-20 international has made six appearances for the Gunners this season, but with Mikel Arteta seeking to add a few more players to his squad, while also trying to get the best out of his more experienced players, they have decided to send the talented young man out on-loan.
Smith Rowe will aim for regular first-team football at the John Smith’s Stadium in another loan move following last season’s temporary switch to RB Leipzig, where he played three times.
Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted to complete the loan move to bring Emile to the club, as it’s the culmination of an ongoing process that began in early November.
“Nicky and I spent a week at Arsenal in the summer and Emile is a player that we know well. We’ve got some good relationships with the club and we’re very appreciative of them loaning us one of their very best young players.
“Emile will give us the creative link that we’ve been missing. He can play in a range of attacking positions and he can speed up our play. We’re really looking forward to working with him.”
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