Dani Ceballos plays down rumours he could have left Arsenal in January Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 12 Feb 2020 9:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Ceballas was heavily linked with Valencia last month (Picture: Getty)‘I have never had a quiet transfer market, neither in summer nor winter,’ Ceballos told Spanish outlet Marca.‘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.’ Dani Ceballos has vowed to fight for his place under new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos has promised Arsenal fans he will be an ‘important’ player after the winter break and shut down rumours he could have left the club in January.The 23-year-old attacking midfielder, who joined on loan from Real Madrid last summer, was a regular in Unai Emery’s first-team but has since struggled for form and fitness and made just one substitute appearance under Mikel Arteta.Valencia registered an interest in Ceballos last month and the Spain international briefly considered terminating his loan deal at the Emirates to secure a move back to La Liga towards the end of the transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Ceballos decided to fight for his place under new head coach Arteta and has vowed to repay the faith supporters have shown in him since he arrived in north London.ADVERTISEMENT Ceballos has made just one substitute appearance under Arteta (Picture: Getty)Ceballos believes a build-up of too many games may have caused the hamstring injury which sidelined him from the beginning of November through to the end of January.‘It was due to an excess of matches,’ he added.‘I had 17 games in two months, I was the only player who had played all those games. At that time I spoke with Unai and told him that in all competitions, as long as I could and my body allowed it, I wanted to play it all.‘Sometimes you have to learn from mistakes. It cost me an injury, but you learn a lot.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCeballos is confident he will be a key player for the Gunners in the second half of the campaign after putting his injury problems behind him.‘Mikel is going to be a great coach,’ he said.‘He has learned from Pep [Guardiola], he has a game philosophy that I think fits perfectly in what he asks for his team.‘Yes, it is true that he has arrived in a difficult situation for the club but mentally he is the coach that I think is what Arsenal need right now.‘Since I came back I have been working with him just two weeks and now is when I have to show him that I am fit to play in Arsenal. After the break I will be important.’MORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ready to trigger Timo Werner’s £50m release clause
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz secured a surprise win to cap off their historic hosting of a Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader with a 3-2 win over Honduras.The match, held at the National Stadium in Kingston on June 17, was the first time a Gold Cup finals match had been held in the Caribbean. A total of 17,874 spectators, many of whom came out to see Bayer Leverkusen striker Leon Bailey make his debut for the national senior team, witnessed the historic victory.Honduras went into the match as the top-ranked group seed and firm favourites. But host team Jamaica, who have been the losing Gold Cup finalists in 2015 and 2017, have a habit recently of reserving their best form for this competition. They opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Dever Orgill headed home from close range.In the 41st minute, he doubled the lead, finishing off some sharp passing inside the box by the Jamaicans. This was followed by Honduras’ first goal, scored when Alberth Elis broke free to slide a pass across goal for Antony Lozano to convert.Jamaica responded just a few minutes later with a header by Damion Lowe extending the lead to 3-1 in the 56th minute.Honduras battled on and substitute forward Rubilio Castillo pulled a goal back in stoppage time to make the final score 3-2.The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to leave the island on Tuesday at 1 pm via charter for Houston, Texas for their next game against El Salvador on Friday.The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is scheduled to run from June 15 to July 7. The bi-annual tournament will primarily be hosted in the United States, with Costa Rica and Jamaica also hosting doubleheaders in the first round of matches in groups B and C, respectively.