Mikel Arteta needs to find a way of moving on any players who have underperformed this season, and that’s easier to do when they’re only on a simple loan deal that doesn’t feature any obligations to buy.
It was generally viewed as a coup when they managed to get Dani Ceballos back on loan for a second season, but he’s been making a lot of mistakes and it’s possibly the case that he’s just not suited to the Premier League.
He is a technically gifted midfielder who’s good on the ball and could dominate the play for a good team in La Liga, and it appears that’s what’s going to happen next year as a report suggests that he won’t be back next year:
Plenty of speculation as to transfer activity at Arsenal this summer.
Understand that Dani Ceballos will be heading back to Real Madrid after 2 years on loan.
No desire from Arsenal, Real or Ceballos for a 3rd year nor a permanent deal.
Move to LaLiga club most likely outcome.
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) May 13, 2021
It’s a damning indictment on him if Arsenal have no desire to bring him back in any capacity next year, but it’s really not a surprise when you consider that the team is probably better without him.
It’s likely that he’ll be the first of a few to depart in the summer, but there will be hopes that Martin Odegaard’s future will still be at the Emirates.