Dani Ceballos put in a man of the match performance on his full Arsenal debut as the Gunners beat Burnley and he is keen to use his year in the Premier League to showcase his ability.
Established favourites Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored either side of Ashley Barnes’ equaliser to seal a 2-1 win, but it was summer arrival Ceballos who stole the show.
The Spain international midfielder moved to the Emirates Stadium on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid having been on the fringes of their first team last year.
He looks set to become an integral part of Unai Emery’s set-up at Arsenal this term and the 23-year-old is eager to make the most of his chance.
“I really want this year to truly demonstrate the football that I have inside,” he told the club’s official website.
“I have a lot of enthusiasm for this season and to be able to give a lot of joy to this club. The confidence they have in me, I want to return it to them with my performances.”
“The most important thing in football is to win,” he said.
“When you have a great game and can help the team to get the victory, you feel satisfaction to know that you’re going home calmly and with the work done.
“The truth is that for me it has been one of the most special days of my life. I think that by starting at home with a win, and with this passion shown at the end of the match, I think it will be hard for me to forget this day.”
🔴⚪️🙌🏻💪 The team worked perfectly in this tough match. I am very proud of my teammates! And most of all, Arsenal fans were spectacular. I have felt their support and love since the first ball contact. 3 more points! Now we have to keep up working! Let's go! 💪@Arsenal #Gunners pic.twitter.com/zLx3K2lORN— Daniel Ceballos (@DaniCeballos46) August 17, 2019
Ceballos could have topped off a fine display with a goal but a curling effort in the second half was well-saved by Nick Pope.
The fit-again Burnley goalkeeper made a number of good stops and he felt the difference between the two sides was minimal.
“It seems to happen here a few times,” he said of another defeat at Arsenal.
“The performance was really encouraging. We put Arsenal under some real pressure by pressing high up the pitch and we got some joy from that.
“When you come to the big grounds and the top six that’s how you want to play and, unfortunately, we just fell a bit short.
“We put them under some real pressure, and we were a bit unfortunate at the end.”
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Gabriel Jesus was denied a last-gasp winner by VAR as Tottenham snatched a remarkable point against the Premier League champions.
The Brazilian looked to have claimed a deserved victory for City right at the death but his late strike was ruled out for a handball by Aymeric Laporte.
City twice led after Kevin De Bruyne created goals for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero in the first half with pinpoint crosses. However, they were cancelled out by Erik Lamela and, with his first touch as a substitute, Lucas Moura.
“I think the team, or the squad, is still uncertain. I think we need to wait until the transfer window in Europe closes to see which player we are going to have,” said Spurs boss Pochettino after the result.
“And of course, that is not easy, never easy. And we will face today the last Premier League winner. The last two seasons they were winning. They are a very consistent team, improving every season. Signing players that came from different team that were winning like Cancelo from Juventus.
“We are in a different process. That is why we cannot compare both teams. The most important is the fight and the belief that we showed today and the character.”
Wolves forward Diogo Jota insists he would not swap captain Conor Coady for £80million Harry Maguire.
The Portuguese has backed his team-mate’s quality ahead of Manchester United‘s visit to Molineux on Monday.
Maguire helped United keep their first clean sheet since February in their opening 4-0 win over Chelsea after becoming the world’s most expensive defender when he moved from Leicester earlier this month.
Fellow centre-back Coady, meanwhile, has been a focal point in Wolves’ rise from the Championship to the Europa League and, despite Maguire’s record-breaking transfer, Jota is siding with his skipper.
Asked if he would swap Maguire for Coady or any of the other Wolves defenders, Jota said: “That is some question. I think Harry Maguire has a lot of quality but I know the players that we have in our team and I trust them.”
England international Maguire was one of three summer recruits by United, along with Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men look to improve on a largely disappointing 2018/19 campaign.
Jota added: “It (the £80m fee) is hard to explain. The market is unreal now in my opinion. But nothing to do with me, it is to do with the clubs and it is the moment we are living. We just have to respect that amount.
“It’s a new season. Solskjaer has had more time to work with his players, he’s made his own changes.
“In the transfer market they’ve tried to improve their team so we know it’s going to be very hard for us. We have to understand that we will face a very big team.”
Jota scored in Wolves’ two home wins over United last season when they dumped them out of the FA Cup just weeks before a 2-1 league victory.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side finished seventh, nine points behind sixth-placed United, last term as they qualified for Europe for the first time since 1980.
But despite being tipped to try to crack the top six Jota remained cautious about making predictions.
“I think it is too soon about the final classification. We got seventh place it’s true but it is very hard to get it again,” said the 22-year-old.
“We have loads of teams that spend more money than us, trying to achieve that position.
“So we have to realise it’s not going to be easy to get seventh. We go game by game and in the end we will see.”