Football’s behind-closed-doors return has provided an intriguing insight into Mikel Arteta’s hands-on approach to coaching. His instructions, shouted continuously from the touchline, have been audible in every Arsenal game. And there’s one name which crops up more than most.
“Dani! Dani! Dani!”
Dani Ceballos has arguably been Arsenal’s outstanding player since the restart. Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has played more minutes. Nobody has had more touches. His first-half performance against Leicester earlier this month was described as a “masterclass” in vision and execution by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp and there were more eye-catching moments in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City.
That technical quality is what Ceballos is known for. It made him one of the most exciting young players in Spain as a teenager and earned him a move to Real Madrid aged 20. At…