Spanish playmaker Dani Ceballos has revealed he snubbed a move to Liverpool during the summer transfer window and joined Arsenal.
The Real Madrid playmaker has endured a frustrating time at North London club and reportedly tried to cut his loan spell during the winter transfer window, only for the Gunners to block his efforts to depart from the club.
Spain international midfielder was drawn to the Emirates Stadium by now sacked coach Unai Emery and the Spaniard revealed, why he chose to turn down a switch to Anfield.
He told Marca: ‘I was proud to have a club like Liverpool after me, but I chose Arsenal because of Unai Emery and how he was with me.
‘Right now, I wouldn’t fit in at Liverpool very well. Unai was key to me being at Arsenal.
‘I went to play at a club like Arsenal because, apart from the fact that it’s a massive club, Unai practically came to my house to tell me that he loved me as a player, that he’s been in love with me since I played for Betis.’
‘The confidence of a coach is key to giving your best performance. Unai told me that I would be important with him at Arsenal and I didn’t have any doubts about going there.’
Spanish playmaker is yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League under Mikel Arteta, however, the 23-year-old is keen to play more after the forward break.
‘I have never had a quiet transfer market, neither in summer nor winter,’ Ceballos said.
‘It is a sign that you do things fairly well so that there are teams interested in you.
‘But it is also true that I like stability at a club and I decided to stay at Arsenal because they signed me and I want to restore trust because I think it is time to step forward.
‘It seems silly, but Arsenal fans have a song dedicated to me. There are only three or four players on the team who have a song and they have been there for many years.
‘I feel very loved every time I play at the Emirates.’