Dani Ceballos has tweeted his support for Mikel Arteta following Arsenal’s disappointing defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday night.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on January 02, 2021. (Photo by Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images)
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on January 02, 2021. (Photo by Tim Keeton – Pool/Getty Images)

Despite a run of mostly very positive results in 2022, the last week has raised many of the old concerns about Arsenal’s situation.

A couple of key injuries to Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, on top of the ongoing absence of Takehiro Tomiyasu, has left Arsenal significantly weaker on the pitch.

The heavy defeat to Crystal Palace did nothing to allay fan fears that their top-four charge may quickly fall apart.

That prompted plenty of pessimism on social media on Monday night and Tuesday morning, but Dani Ceballos responded to one tweet about Mikel Arteta to urge supporters to remain level-headed.

“Friend, let him work, he is top class,” Ceballos said. “He will also take Arsenal to where they deserve to be. Patience.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal , Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal and Dani Ceballos of Arsenal pose with the FA Cup Trophy after their teams victory in the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, and Dani Ceballos of Arsenal pose with the FA Cup Trophy after their team’s victory in the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It’s one thing for current players and fans of the club to speak out in support of Arteta, but it’s nice to hear from someone whose time with Arsenal wasn’t entirely a success.

Ceballos made some nice memories with Arsenal, winning the FA Cup in 2019-20. But he ultimately returned to Real Madrid without making his move permanent as the Gunners turned to other options.

That could have left him with some bitterness towards the club and towards Arteta, particularly as he dropped out of the side towards the end of his second loan.

So it’s encouraging to instead hear him talking positively about his former boss. We can only hope his positive sentiment is justified.

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