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Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell believes Mikel Arteta should not attempt to sign Dani Ceballos on a permanent basis from Real Madrid once his second loan spell is over. Ceballos has been a regular presence in midfield this season, featuring in all but two of the Gunners’ Premier League games.
However, Campbell has not been impressed with the Spaniard’s contributions and believes he has not kicked on from last season.
“I do not think he has done enough to justify a permanent move,” he told Football Insider.
“The teams performances haven’t been good and his performances haven’t either.
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“At times he has looked OK when he has come on but the team has not been good enough in the centre of the park this season.
“We need people with legs in there, it is not just about being good on the ball.
“You have to close down and dominate your opponent and he does not do that enough.”
Ceballos has previously admitted that he is looking forward to returning to Madrid and is hopeful he can play a part under Zinedine Zidane.
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Speaking to the Sun last month, Ceballos said: “The Bernabeu is the Mecca of football. You can ask Mesut Ozil, who always spoke about Real Madrid as the best club in the world.
“Wearing that badge is the goal of 99 per cent of footballers. Last year I was happy at Arsenal, and I reached an agreement with Real Madrid to continue for another year.
“There was no problem because we all understood that it was going to do well for my future. Real Madrid is the owner of my future for the next three years and I am not the one who will decide.
“At least I’m not going to do it alone because it also depends on the coach and the president. But nobody refuses to play for Real Madrid.”
Ceballos also spoke about Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four. At the time, Arsenal were 12th in the table and they have since sank to 15th but Ceballos believes their “time will come”.
“Arsenal have to fight to be in the top four,” he added. “But before there were five teams fighting to get into the Champions League, now there are six or seven.
“You just have to look at Manchester City, one of the best teams in England, or Manchester United. They are not up at the top of the table.
“Southampton and Aston Villa, who last year struggled not to be relegated, have surprised everyone. It is a tremendously competitive league, anyone can beat anyone. But our moment will come.”
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