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It may not feel like it, but it is now seven games unbeaten for Arsenal.
That run started off with draws against Watford and Tottenham, but since then, they won four of their last five, although a dour 1-1 draw at Old Trafford has slightly taken the shine off that run.
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Their latest victory came at home against Standard Liege, with the Gunners running out 4-0 winners.
Dani Ceballos was one of those to get himself on the scoresheet. It also coincided with the 23-year-old’s return to the starting line-up after being selected for the previous two fixtures on the bench.
The Spain international put in a fantastic display and it is something that Unai Emery will want to see a lot more of as the season progresses.
Of course, the opposition in front of the Emirates outfit were not exactly top-quality, but you can only beat what’s in front of you, and Ceballos played a big part in his side’s triumph.
He was at the heart of most of the team’s play throughout the night.
No one else came close to his 126 touches of the ball – Kieran Tierney had the next most with 96 – whilst he also managed to land 93.9% of his attempted passes. He also created four chances, which was double the number any of his teammates were able to muster.
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He was also adept in taking on his man as well, completing 66.67% of the six dribbles he tried. All in all, it was an impressive display from the on-loan Real Madrid man.
The problem is, this display is an anomaly so far rather than the rule.
He started the campaign well, grabbing two assists against Burnley on what was his first start for the club, but in the seven games between then and this match against Liege, he failed to get on the scoresheet or give the final pass before a goal.
It even led to him losing his place in the starting line-up against the United, hence why he featured here.
Usually a creative force, Arsenal are going to need him to be far more consistent this term as they fight on four fronts. His time spent at Real indicates he can perform at the highest level.
It is now time for him to prove that week-in week-out in north London.