Mourinho has surprise Arsenal message after Gunners summer deal for gifted Spaniard
Jose Mourinho has questioned the Arsenal deal for Dani Ceballos, who they acquired on-loan from Real Madrid during the summer window.
After a summer of frustration and anger from most fans, the Gunners finally managed to secure a transfer deal for a number of players, with the likes of William Saliba, Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney all following Ceballos to the Emirates.
Ceballos was signed by the Spaniard as a replacement for the now departed Aaron Ramsey, who agreed a smart move to sign for Italian Champions Juventus, as Emery admitted that he needs ‘hungry’ players like the Spaniard in his squad.
“Ceballos’ mind is very strong,” Emery recently said of the six-cap Spain international.
“His mentality. Last Sunday, when he received a big kick on his ankle I thought ‘oh, it’s broken’.
“But after, on Monday, he was training – (he said) ‘I’m fine and want to train’. He is showing us every day his ambition, his hunger is big. I think we need players like this.”
However, Mourinho has come out and stated that Ceballos did not need to be signed by Emery, as they already have a number of players like the Spaniard in the Gunners squad.
“Ceballos, I think they have other Ceballos’ in the squad,” Mourinho said on the Daily Express.
“He’s a good player but I think they have other Ceballos’.
“When I see [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, [Mesut] Ozil, Ceballos, they can play in different positions on the pitch and very similar characteristics.”
The signing of Ceballoas was a strange one for many Gunners fans to take in, but he has looked decent in pre-season and Emery could have pulled out a real bargain in nailing his services on a try-before-they buy kind of deal.
Arsenal have a long way to go before they are back challenging for the Premier League title, but it could be an exciting season for the Gunners as the players they have brought in, bar David Luiz, all have something to prove and are hungry to do so.