Dani Ceballos explains his ‘real faith’ in Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

Dani Ceballos explains why he has "real faith" in Mikel Arteta as Arsenal manager

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Dani Ceballos has revealed that he opted to return to Arsenal this season because of his “faith” in Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

The Spanish playmaker returned to The Emirates for a second loan spell in north London from Real Madrid after arriving under Unai Emery the season before.

Ceballos helped Arsenal to win the FA Cup last season as the Gunners finished in eighth place in the Premier League table.

He is now aiming to help the Gunners climb the Premier League table and get themselves back into contention for European qualification this season.

Ceballos has so far just made one assist in 16 Premier League games for the Gunners this term and he will be hoping to step his game up in the coming weeks and months.

The 24-year-old has now explained why he want to return to Arsenal for a second season under his compatriot Arteta.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website, Ceballos said: “There’s nothing more important than a coach having faith in you and asking you to come back.

“That’s why I made the decision to come back to this club. The pressure he put on the club to bring me back here was key.

“The main reason I decided to come back was because I had real faith in the project led by Mikel.

“We did quite well at the end of last season, and I think the confidence that the coach and my team-mates showed in me was what made me come back to this great club.

“I told Madrid that I wanted to come back to Arsenal because during the first year I’d learned a lot about a new league. I’d improved a lot both physically and tactically, and after Mikel came in, the standard of my football improved.

“I think the best decision for me this year was to remain in the Premier League with Arsenal and keep working with a coach like Mikel Arteta.

“Since joining Arsenal I’ve become a much more mature player and I make better decisions. People knew my attacking game but nobody knew that winning duels and winning the ball back could be part of my game too. I think I’ve improved that side of my game a lot – the same goes for my positioning on the pitch.

“I think the FA Cup win was really important in terms of giving us confidence going into this season. I think we need to build on that this season.

“I think this team has lots of good players and a lot of room for improvement, and I’m absolutely convinced that we’ll achieve big things.

If we all pull in the same direction and if we all stick together, it will be a lot easier. I’m sure that this team has everything it needs to be successful.”

Arsenal, who have not won the title since 2004, will return to Premier League action with a trip to Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

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