Dani Ceballos 'unhappy' with Mikel Arteta and still wants Arsenal transfer exit

Dani Ceballos remains keen to leave Arsenal before the transfer window closes – after growing unhappy with manager Mikel Arteta.

The Real Madrid midfielder moved to the Emirates in August on a season-long loan and initially impressed under Unai Emery, but has scored just once in 18 appearances for the Gunners.

A hamstring injury in November sidelined him for the best part of two months and he only featured for the first time under new Gunners boss Arteta in Monday night’s FA Cup win at Bournemouth.

Ceballos has played in Spain’s most recent internationals and is said to be concerned about his chances of making the national-team squad for Euro 2020.

Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos in action against Bournemouth

And now, according to The Athletic, the Spanish midfielder believes his compatriot has not been clear about what he has to do to force himself back into the first-team.

Ceballos is also believed to disagree with Arteta’s recent claim that he needs to regain full fitness, believing he is 100 per cent fully fit.

This development comes after Arteta told Ceballos to fight for his place at the club amid reports he could return to Spain early.

But Arteta said: “I had a conversation with Dani. When I joined the club he wasn’t here. He was in Madrid because he was doing his rehab for over a month with the team that owns him.

The on-loan midfielder is reportedly “unhappy” with manager Mikel Arteta

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“When I came here he was doing his rehab in the first two or three weeks, getting back to fitness and I haven’t seen much of him because he only trained with us for a week or 10 days.

“It’s very early to assess what I can or cannot do with him. I heard about all those things but I have nothing to comment.

“He needs to get back to fitness and fight for his place like any other player. After that we will make a selection that is fair with what I see on the pitch.”


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