Martin Keown: This Arsenal signing showing Henrikh Mkhitrayan what’s required

Arsenal legend Martin Keown heap praise on Dani Ceballos for his performance in Saturday's 2-1 win over Burnley

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Martin Keown
Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown (Photo: BT Sport)

Martin Keown says Dani Ceballos proved to players like Henrikh Mkhitaryan what it takes to be an Arsenal player after the Spanish star’s impressive display in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley.

The 23-year-old was named in the Arsenal starting XI for the first time since his loan move to the north London side from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

Ceballos impressed on his full debut with 90 per cent pass completion after he successfully found his target with 63 of his 70 attempted passes.

The Spain Under-21 international completed four successful dribbles to show his flair, while Ceballos won the ball off an opponent on three occasions.

In fact, Ceballos completed a successful tackle to allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score a 63rd-minute winner after Ashley Barnes had cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s opening goal.

Former Arsenal defender Keown claimed that Ceballos was already proving to other flair players such as Mkhitaryan what is required to succeed at The Emirates.

“Ceballos was fantastic,” Keown told BT Sport.

“It’s his debut. He showed his quality. His vision and desire for the Aubameyang goal. He’s been excellent.”

Keown added: “He’s shown the likes of Mkhitaryan how it’s done in an Arsenal shirt.”

Ceballos played 26 minutes of Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend thanks to Aubameyang’s winner.

Arsenal will make the trip to Champions League winners Liverpool FC in their next Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday 24 August.

The Gunners have a 100 per cent record in the Premier League so far.

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