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Arteta reiterates desire to keep Ceballos beyond this season

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Mikel Arteta feels Dani Ceballos can become a key player in the Arsenal team and is keen on signing him on a permanent transfer.

Dani Ceballos had a slow start to his new life after joining Arsenal last summer, but he is finally starting to show his true potential now under Mikel Arteta.

Ceballos, who scored a last-minute winner against Sheffield United last weekend to send his side through to the FA Cup semi-finals, has been a regular in the Arsenal line-up since the restart of football.

The 23-year-old arrived at Emirates on a season-long loan deal and is due to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The Gunners do not have a buyout clause in his loan deal but Arteta, who is impressed with the midfielder’s recent performances, wants to keep working with him nonetheless.

“I am really happy with him,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“I love how much he likes to play football, the passion he puts into every training session and in every game. He’s evolving the right way and has become a really important player for us.

“We are talking to the club. Obviously we don’t own the player, it’s not in our hands. The clubs need to have communication and see what we can do.”