Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has revealed why he chose to return to Arsenal for a second loan spell.
The Spaniard arrived at the London club during the 2019 summer on loan from Real Madrid and returned to his parent club at the end of the 2019/20 season.
He however returned to Arsenal for a second stint after it became apparent he was not in Zinedine Zidane's immediate plans, and he chose to re-join the Gunners once more.
“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 that 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,"
Ceballos was instrumental as the Gunners won the FA Cup, and could prove instrumental as Mikel Arteta chase a number of titles this season both at home and in Europe.