Dani Ceballos may look a little lightweight but the Gunners on-loan Real Madrid ace is as hard as nails, says Arsenal head-coach, Emery.
And the North London club supremo reckons Spain international, is a shining example of what he expects from the rest of his team – which includes Mesut Ozil, despite the Spaniard tried to get rid off German playmaker during the summer transfer window.
Yet, despite the bruising encounter, the Gunners exciting summer capture reported in for training just 24 hours later – ready to go again.
Impressed Emery said: “Ceballos’ mind and mentality is very strong. Last Sunday when he received a big kick on his ankle I was thinking, ‘Pfff, it’s broken’.
“But on Monday he was back in training, saying, ‘I’m fine and want to train,’ He is showing us every day that his ambition and his hunger is big.
“I think we need players like this.”
Take note Mesut Ozil.
Sead Kolasinic and Mesut Ozil were out of the Gunners trip to Newcastle yesterday amid new security fears following the horrific car-jacking attack recently in London.
But even when Ozil is back and available, it will be the last chance for the German playmaker to cement place in the starting XI.
The best-paid player at Arsenal – on £300,000 per week has been struggling to found his best form.
The Emirates head-coach was desperate to sell Ozil this summer. Trouble is, nobody was interested in paying his huge wages.
Emery, understandably sympathetic to Ozil’s game and is willing to give him another shot – if convinced he is truly committed to the Nort London club’s game.