Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos has revealed why he opted to move to north London this summer, claiming Unai Emery's presence in the dugout was a major factor, alongside that of Spanish compatriot Hector Bellerin.
Ceballos, who joined parent club Real Madrid in 2017 for €18m from Real Betis, was being chased by a number of clubs, including Arsenal's local rivals Tottenham.
However, speaking to the club's offical website upon his announcement as a Gooner, Ceballos explained why chose the red half of north London, declaring: "I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start.
"I was aware of the responsibility that wearing this shirt entails and it was a tremendously proud moment when I decided to join Arsenal."
And, expanding on Emery's influence on the deal, he continued: "The coach was the turning point in terms of me joining this massive club. He’s a Spanish coach and he knows me from my time at other clubs. I’m really happy to be able to help Arsenal achieve our objectives.
"He’s a very tactical coach and I think that’s going to really help me to perfect my positioning. I think we’re both going to try our best to make me a better player."
Ceballos also singled out Bellerin as another major factor in his decision, adding: "I get on really well with Hector away from football, on a personal level.
"I told him I was thinking of joining and he told me not to think twice because this is a great city and a great club and that I was going to have a great time. I can’t wait to see him and say thanks for his help in getting me here."
As for his objective now he's at Arsenal, the midfielder revealed: "Well, I’ve not spoken to my team-mates yet so we’re not sure of what the objective is, but obviously I’m coming here to give everything I have.
"Nobody will be able to question that because from the very first day I pull this jersey on I’ll give everything I’ve got. We’ll try to achieve the club’s objectives.”