Mikel Arteta made special request to Arsenal board over Dani Ceballos loan

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Oct 2020 6:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.9kShares Dani Ceballos has become a key part of Arsenal’s midfield under Mikel Arteta (Getty)Mikel Arteta played a key role in convincing Arsenal’s hierarchy to re-sign Dani Ceballos on loan, according to reports in Spain.Ceballos spent last season on loan with the Gunners and played a key role in Mikel Arteta’s midfield once the campaign restarted after lockdown.The midfielder, who helped Arsenal win the FA Cup at the end of last term, returned to Real Madrid in the summer but quickly discovered that he was not part of Zinedine Zidane’s first-team plans once again.Arsenal were keen to re-sign Ceballos on a loan deal which included an option to buy, but Real Madrid were unwilling to agree to the Gunners’ proposal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Marca, Arteta was so concerned about potentially missing out on signing Ceballos that he intervened and convinced Arsenal’s hierarchy to agree to a loan deal on Madrid’s terms.Ceballos, meanwhile, revealed this week that he had already told Arteta before returning to Madrid that he was keen on extending his stay at Arsenal.‘People always say the first year is one of transition, but after the lockdown we saw the Dani Ceballos we all wanted, with the arrival of Mikel, we know the team improved,’ said Ceballos. Comment Dani Ceballos helped Arsenal win the FA Cup last season (AP)‘I found a position which isn’t usual for me, a bit more defensive. The Premier League takes you to the limit both physically and technically. I think I’ve improved a lot over the last six months.‘After the season I spoke to Jose Angel Sanchez [Madrid’s CEO] and I told him I’d spoken to Mikel about staying at Arsenal, they told me to wait for a month for the team come back and take a decision, but my idea was clear to return to my club where I’d ended well with the boss’s confidence.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You look at what’s coming next summer, the Euros and Olympics, you need an important role in your team and after the lockdown I found the role I’d been looking for in recent years with Mikel.‘When a player is totally happy, personally and footballistically, you find the right position on and off the pitch. I decided to stay for another year.‘I was totally happy, and I could develop my game in a totally natural way.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta made special request to Arsenal board over Dani Ceballos loan Advertisementlast_img read more

32Red targets Wincanton winners in Grand National week

first_img ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Share Wayne Rooney speaks from experience to support 32Red’s ‘Know Your Limits’ campaign April 8, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 With just four weeks to go in the Tipster Challenge 2016/17, sponsored by Betting Gods, Gerry Murray is the latest expert to challenge AppBet’s Sarah Shannon for top spot.The Director of Brand & Acquisition for 32Red, the operator subject to an outright cash offer from Kindred Group, has provided expert tips for today’s seven race card at Wincanton.In Grand National week, Murray will be testing his mettle against sixth placed Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru from bettingexpert, and the experts from Timeform in 16th.____________________________________1:50bettingexpert: Cousin KheeRan well in a big field at Doncaster and comes here freshened up after two months off the track.Timeform: Mr FickleTook advantage of the handicapper’s mercy when scoring by 11 lengths at Plumpton last week, and it’s feasible to think he can strike under a penalty granted similarly aggressive tactics.32Red: Mr FickleThis was between Gulshanigans and Mr Fickle, but I’ll take the trainer in better form the past few weeks and horse with a decent recent win at Plumpton.____________________________________2:20bettingexpert: Dance Floor KingA model of consistency with good form over this course and distance in the book.Timeform: Comeonginger12lb below his last winning mark and hails from a yard in very good form.32Red: Lou VertTwo respectable second place finishes recently and looks like the longer trip will be beneficial.____________________________________2:50bettingexpert: Listen To The ManComes from the red-hot Skelton yard and shaped better than the bare form on his recent handicap debut.Timeform: Innocent GirlHas done nothing but improve since joining Harry Fry, making it four wins from her last six starts over fences at Taunton recently.32Red: Innocent GirlStable in decent form and last week’s win at Taunton suggests the winter break hasn’t done any harm.____________________________________3:20bettingexpert: Thumb Stone BluesProgressing nicely and has far more potential than his only serious market rival.Timeform: Thumb Stone BluesNot much to choose between him, Solighoster and Anchor Man on their best form but he is preferred after an easy win at Doncaster last month.32Red: Anchor ManYou should ignore the last outing at Market Rasen, but with a bit of weight in hand he could be well placed to bounce back.____________________________________3:55bettingexpert: Arctic LadyHated deep ground when finishing tailed off on her chase debut and much better is expected here stepping up in trip.Timeform: Butlergrove KingWasn’t seen to best effect when well backed at Stratford last time and is worth another chance in first-time headgear having eased another 4lb.32Red: Butlergrove KingNot a particularly confident pick, as he seems to like being beaten as favourite, but good ground should help.____________________________________4:25bettingexpert: Mon ParrainHe has a touch of class in hunter chases and will relish the decent ground at this speed based track.Timeform: Mon ParrainMon Parrain and Toby Lerone have established themselves as high-end hunter chase performers this term and can be expected to fight this out, with a 4lb concession enough to tilt the balance towards the former.32Red: ThereyarseeTaking a chance on potential here, but with five wins from 11 starts, there would appear to be some talent there.____________________________________4:55bettingexpert: Shall We Go NowBred to be useful and can make a winning debut for the excellent Harry Fry.Timeform: Diamond GuyPlenty of leading yards are represented, with Diamond Guy a very likely sort on paper.32Red: Diamond GuyClose your eyes and pick a number here with not much to base a selection off. Diamond Guy gets the nod as Nicholls’ horses have form in the race.____________________________________Where will Gerry Murray enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.614.63 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Timeform1.873.36 17Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 RankTipsterRace WinsPointslast_img read more