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The two things Dani Ceballos must do to take Arsenal to the next level

Dani Ceballos is back at Arsenal for a second season after agreeing another season-long loan from Real Madrid.

Dani Ceballos has returned to the Emirates Stadium for a second season

The Spanish midfielder was a key part of Mikel Arteta’s team in the second half of the campaign as the Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League and lifted the FA Cup.

Originally joining under Unai Emery, a stunning display against Burnley last August on his home debut whetted the appetite of the Arsenal faithful. But as the team struggled, so did the midfielder.

When he picked up a hamstring injury in November, Arsenal fans would have been forgiven for thinking they’d seen the last of Ceballos, consigning him to the recent list of loan flops that include illustrious names such as Kim Kallstrom and Denis Suarez.

But after three months out, new manager Arteta brought Caballos back into his line-up, where he often featured as part of a double-pivot in the centre of the park with Granit Xhaka.

Read our full Ceballos analysis here.