Dani Ceballos admits Arsenal debut against Burnley was ‘special’ after man-of-the-match display

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 18 Aug 2019 12:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link702Shares Ceballos provided assists for both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Burnley (Picture: Getty)He told Arsenal’s website: ‘The most important thing in football is to win. 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.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘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.’Ceballos has long been considered one of Spanish football’s brightest young prospects but he found first-team football difficult to come by at Real Madrid following a big-money move from Real Betis in 2017.Although Ceballos reportedly intends to establish himself at Real Madrid long-term he insisted he is keen to reward Arsenal’s faith in his abilities by delivering further impressive performances for the club.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 CityHe added: ‘I really want this year to truly demonstrate the football that I have inside.‘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.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Dani Ceballos impressed during his first start for Arsenal against Burnley (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos has claimed that Saturday was one of the ‘most special’ days of his life after he delivered a man-of-the-match performance during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley.The 23-year-old joined Arsenal on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in July and after featuring as a substitute in the opening day win over Newcastle was handed his first start against Burnley.Ceballos responded to Unai Emery’s decision to start him with an exceptional all-round display from central midfield, capped off by providing both assists for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.It was a result that maintained Arsenal’s 100% start to the Premier League campaign and Ceballos admitted that it was an unforgettable experience for him.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Dani Ceballos admits Arsenal debut against Burnley was ‘special’ after man-of-the-match displaylast_img read more

Obokoh delivers on defensive end in expanded minutes against Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chinonso Obokoh’s teammates encouraged him and told him to be aggressive. Rakeem Christmas was in foul trouble and bound for the bench. There were more than 16 minutes left in the game.But Obokoh didn’t say much back to his team. He just shuffled to his spot at the right block, waiting for Aaron Brown to take his free throws.Making his first appearance since a five-minute, four-foul performance on Jan. 11 against Florida State, Obokoh had a quiet, but career-high night tallying 16 minutes, four rebounds, two fouls and a block in Syracuse’s (14-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) 69-61 win over Boston College (8-9, 0-5). He remains a non-factor on the offensive end of the floor, but defended and rebounded well. It was all that was asked of him and all that was needed for SU to hold on against the Eagles.“He got us some extra possessions on offense and he played good defense and made people take tough shots and he was big down low,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “And that’s what you need a big guy to do. He came in and he did what he could do. I’m really proud of him.”Defensively, Obokoh said he just needs to stay in position and out of foul trouble. He wasn’t thinking that much when he took the floor, he said, and was much more ready for the occasion than when he came off the bench against the Seminoles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think he had some good minutes for us tonight,” SU forward Michael Gbinije said. “It was nice to see Chino play. I’m a Chino fan myself.”With 6:35 left in the game, BC’s 7-foot-1 center Dennis Clifford dribbled on the right side and put up what would’ve been an easy two points, only for Obokoh to swat the ball away as Gbinije came over with help from the side.Obokoh attempted just one shot from the field and said that all he’s asked to do is set screens and get rebounds on offense. Beyond that, Tuesday’s game was just an adjustment to more minutes, but one he felt ready for.“I play against Rak, the best big man in the country right now,” Obokoh said. “He’s so good. So I know how to move around. So other guys out there it’s a little bit kind of familiar.” Comments Published on January 21, 2015 at 12:08 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more