Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged the Gunners to avoid a permanent move for on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos this summer.
Ian Wright has told Arsenal to avoid signing Dani Ceballos on a permanent deal and focus on giving younger players an opportunity.
The Spaniard’s current loan deal will expire in the summer. It is the midfielder’s second season with the north Londoners, and it is unclear if he will be brought back for 2021/22.
However, Wright is adamant that Arsenal should look elsewhere this summer.
“I don’t think we should be signing Ceballos – I just don’t think he’s what we need now,” he said as quoted by the Express.
“I think that we’ve got young players coming through who should get an opportunity in front of Ceballos.
“If he’s going to do anything to stay at Arsenal, it would’ve been seen already by now.”
The former forward also spoke about who should be given an opportunity, as he explained:
“You say ‘who’s vulnerable’ – you look at [Lucas] Torreira and [Matteo] Guendouzi, Joe Willock is doing very well at Newcastle, [William] Saliba’s doing well as well.
“I’d like to see Joe Willock get an opportunity, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Willock has been a revelation at Newcastle United, since joining the Magpies on loan. With his goals and consistently impressive performances, the Englishman has made a case to be included in Mikel Arteta’s plans for next season.
Signing Ceballos on a permanent deal could cost a sizeable fee, and having the youngster as a replacement would be a better deal financially. Also, the Spaniard’s performances this season have not always been up to the mark. Also, another youngster in Smith Rowe has shown he could be ready for first-team action and it could indeed come as a ‘wise’ decision for Arsenal to give more chances to their youth next season.