Real Madrid's Ceballos returns to Arsenal for second loan spell

Dani Ceballos will spend another season at Arsenal after a successful first spell last term that saw him play 37 games and score in the FA Cup quarterfinal.

Dani Ceballos

Dani Ceballos sealed his place as a key midfielder in Arsenal's starting lineup after Mikel Arteta's appointment as coach.   -  AP

Arsenal has re-signed Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos for a second season-long loan from Real Madrid after a successful first spell last term, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

Ceballos made 37 appearances for the north London club last season, sealing his place as a key midfielder in the starting lineup in the second half of the campaign following the appointment of Mikel Arteta as coach.

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The 24-year-old Spain international also played a key role in the club's FA Cup title run, scoring a late winner in the quarterfinal victory at Sheffield United.

“Dani was an integral part of our team last season and finished the season in excellent form,” Arteta said in a statement.

“I love Dani's passion and commitment and he's a highly skillful player. We're all delighted to welcome him back and we look forward to seeing him pick up where he left off,” he added.

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The news follows Arsenal's capture of Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer and Lille centre back Gabriel Magalhaes earlier this week.

Arsenal, which finished eighth last season, started its campaign with a penalty shootout victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield and begins its league campaign at newly-promoted Fulham on September 12.

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