Arsenal spent more than any other Premier League club over the summer, but they didn’t pay a penny for Dani Ceballos.
And the Spain Under-21 midfielder, who has arrived on a season-long loan from LaLiga giants Real Madrid, looks like he could be the pick of the bunch.
Ceballos helped inspire the Gunners to a 2-1 victory over Burnley, providing both assists for the goals, and he dazzled the Arsenal faithful with his performance.
Like a young Cesc Fabregas, the 23-year-old was everywhere. You could find him collecting the ball off his goalkeeper or driving at the Clarets defence. And he did both with class.
His quality was immediately apparently when he turned Ashley Westwood in his own half, before beating Jack Cork with a sensational revolver.
Ceballos looked comfortable in possession at all times, regardless of pressure. He has that classic Spanish ability to create space for himself in any area of the pitch.
But more than that, it’s the way he looks when he does it. The midfielder is so easy on the eye, which matters at the Emirates. Oohs and aahs greeted every turn, every piece of skill, and every tackle.
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Questions are always raised as to whether players like Ceballos can adapt to the Premier League, and the Gunners are full of technically gifted players who struggle to impose themselves physically.
But it was Ceballos who won the ball high up the pitch for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s winner, and the Spaniard did not shy away from the battle throughout the contest.
No wonder Trevor Sinclair, who called the clash for talkSPORT, was raving about him before the game.
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He told talkSPORT.com: “Ceballos is an unbelievable talent and I can’t wait for him to get going.
“Brace yourselves. He is going to get bums off seats, for sure.
“He’s so clever, one of the brightest players I’ve seen and if he can deal with the intensity of the Premier League, I’ve got no doubt he’s going to be a hit at Arsenal.
“When you’re a young player, you’re fearless. You do feel you could be the difference. I honestly believe he’s a really special player.”
You’re not wrong, Trevor! Bums were well and truly off seats as Ceballos left the field with his name ringing out around the Emirates.
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