Dani Ceballos has attempted to play down expectations from Arsenal fans after some drew comparisons between him and ex-Gunners favourite and fellow Spaniard Santi Cazorla.
Cazorla played for the club between 2012-2018, making 180 appearances before a serious injury cruelly ended his Arsenal career, and he is remembered fondly by supporters for his creativity and passing ability.
Ceballos received a standing ovation after his man of the match performance against Burnley last weekend, in which he created both goals in a 2-1 win, and also showed moments of promise against Liverpool on Saturday despite Arsenal’s 3-1 loss.
This has led some supporters to draw comparisons between the two players, and one posted a cartoon on social media which shows them together and Ceballos wearing a crown.
Responding to the post, however, Ceballos said: “The king is still Santi Cazorla, I still have a lot to learn to become like him.”
It remains to be seen whether Ceballos goes on to have a career as long as Cazorla in north London, with the 23-year-old currently only on a season-long loan from Real Madrid .
Fans reacted to the social media post by urging him to stay beyond this year, with one user saying “Spend a couple more years at Arsenal so we can compare you and Cazorla!”
Arsenal will remain hopeful they can sign him on a permanent deal if they achieve Champions League qualification this season, although it is also not yet known if Ceballos would favour a long-term switch to England or whether he still sees his future in Madrid.
The Gunners suffered a set-back in their ambition to finish in the top four for the first time since the 2015-2016 season when they were defeated by Liverpool, although they have the chance to make amends next weekend when they take on fellow top four hopefuls and bitter rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.