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Is Unai Emery misusing 23-year-old at Arsenal?

Arsenal lost their second game of the season on Monday as newly promoted Sheffield United defeated the Gunners 1-0 at Bramall Lane in the Premier League.

The north Londoners missed the chance to go back third in the table after producing a highly underwhelming performance.

Manger Unai Emery has come in for huge criticism for his team selection and in-game management against the Blades in the days after the result.

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One of several decisions fans have struggled to accept is midfielder Dani Ceballos starting the game on the bench.

The Spaniard did come on at half-time, but was ineffectual for the visitors.

Ceballos has struggled in recent weeks to kick on from his brilliant full debut against Burnley, and it could be that he is being misused by his compatriot Emery.

TBR’s view – Ceballos should play slightly deeper

It would seem so far that Ceballos is more effective at collecting the ball from deep and using his technical quality to dance through the opposition press.

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Last term for Real Madrid he played just once as an attacking midfielder, and it is not a position he is too used to.

At Real Betis he made his name as a ‘number eight’, rather than an exclusive attacking midfielder.

It would appear Emery is attempting to shoehorn Ceballos into a more advanced role, which is a position that really should be occupied by Mesut Ozil, a seasoned number 10.

Ceballos operated deeper against Burnley, which remains his best performance in Arsenal colours and Emery must start using him there again and without interruption, which has not helped the player.

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