Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has not done enough to justify a permanent move to the club next summer.
That is according to former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 24-year-old moving to the Emirates on a long-term deal in 2021.
Ceballos was an unused substitute yesterday as Mikel Arteta’s young side stopped the rot with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League.
The midfielder, who has two-and-a-half years left on his contract in Madrid, has made 21 appearances in his second season-long loan spell at Arsenal.
Campbell suggested that the Spain international does not work hard enough without the ball.
“I do not think he has done enough to justify a permanent move,” he told Football Insider.
“At the back end of last season he was playing really well and when Arsenal went back in for him I thought he was really going to kick on but everything has come crashing down at the same time.
“The teams performances haven’t been good and his performances haven’t either. At times he has looked OK when he has come on but the team has not been good enough in the centre of the park this season.
“We need people with legs in there, it is not just about being good on the ball. You have to close down and dominate your opponent and he does not do that enough.”