Mikel Arteta says he was constantly shouting at Dani Ceballos during Arsenal’s win over Wolves to improve his awareness and decision-making, though praised his compatriot’s performance.
The Gunners ran out 2-0 winners at Molineux against Champions League-chasing Wolves, with goals from Bukayo Saka and substitute Alexandre Lacazette in each half doing the damage.
Ceballos had to wait for his chance to impress Arteta, having picked up a serious hamstring injury midway through the season, but has now started the last eight Premier League games in a row.
With no crowd, Arteta could be heard barking ‘Dani!’ at the midfielder throughout the game, with the Arsenal boss paying particularly close attention to the Spaniard, though he was happy with his contribution.
Asked at his post-match press conference what he was trying to communicate to Ceballos, Arteta said: ‘Just to try to make him aware all the time of the situations happening on the pitch and to try to help him to make the best possible decisions.’
On the Real Madrid loanee’s strong display alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield, he continued: ‘I think [they] dictated the game really well for the first 45 minutes.
‘And then when the game plan changed a little and we suffered, they read the situation really well. They gave the team exactly what they needed.
‘Above all, we have to manage the game, at times they did this with great maturity.’
Asked if he has deliberately become more vocal on the touchline now there is no crowd noise to block out his instructions, Arteta added: ‘Yes, because now they can hear me! Or they pretend to hear me at least.
‘With 60,000 people it’s much more difficult but it’s the way I like to coach. Sometimes it’s probably too much for the players but we just try to guide them and help them.’
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