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‘Never any doubt’ – Dani Ceballos explains why he rejected Real Madrid offer and opted to return to Arsenal Ceballos enjoyed working with Arteta last term (Picture: Getty)Ceballos became a fan favourite with his performances in Arsenal colours, particularly towards the end of last season, and he admits the love and appreciation he’s received from supporters played a major role in his decision.‘I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch,’ Ceballos continued.‘The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they were sending messages asking me to come back and saying they needed me here.‘I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I’m back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season. When the coach, the club, the players and everyone is asking you to stay for another year, you realise they see you as a good team-mate and a good player.‘I feel proud that the club, the coach and, most importantly, the fans wanted me to stay, I didn’t doubt it for a second.’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 ArsenalArteta says he’s ‘delighted’ to have Ceballos on board again as the Gunners prepare for their opening Premier League clash away at Fulham on September 12.‘Dani was an integral part of our team last season and finished the season in excellent form,’ the Arsenal head coach said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I love Dani’s passion and commitment and he’s a highly skilful player. ‘We’re all delighted to welcome him back and we look forward to seeing him pick up where he left off.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Man Utd cult hero Rafael da Silva fires dig at Alexis Sanchez over Arsenal claimMORE: Kai Havertz reveals the major role Frank Lampard played in him joining Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Sep 2020 12:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Advertisement Ceballos turned down offers in Spain to return to north London (Picture: Getty)Ceballos had several alternative options back home in Spain but insists a return to Arsenal was always his favoured move this summer. ‘It’s true that I had other options, such as staying at Real Madrid and going back to the Spanish league, where there were teams interested in me,’ he added.‘I spoke to the coach last year, before the FA Cup final, and told him that I wanted to stay at Arsenal and win titles. I’d been really happy with what Mikel [Arteta] had built at the club since I came in.‘I had a great time at this club last season and there was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to come back.’ Comment Real Madrid have loaned Dani Ceballos to Arsenal for a second successive season (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos says there was ‘never any doubt’ in his mind about wanting to come back to Arsenal, despite offers from Real Madrid and other La Liga sides to stay in Spain for the forthcoming season. The 24-year-old midfielder impressed after being loaned from Madrid to Arsenal last season and made no secret of his desire to return to north London ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. Zinedine Zidane made Ceballos wait over his future before sanctioning a second successive temporary move to the Emirates this week and the Spain international is clearly delighted to be back with the Gunners once again. The Spaniard was adamant about wanting to return this summer (Picture: Arsenal)‘I’m very pleased to be back with Arsenal where I had such a good time last season,’ Ceballos told the club’s official website after his second loan was confirmed on Friday night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m very happy to have come back to a club where I feel important.’ Advertisement
173 Stewart Rd, Clagiraba.A SPRAWLING Clagiraba property with countryside vistas and two impressive homes has sold for $3.45 million.The sale of 173 Stewart Rd marks a record for the suburb, which was set by the same property in 2004 when it sold for $2.14 million.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast agent Josh Thomas said a local family snapped up the property on Wednesday. 173 Stewart Rd, Clagiraba. 173 Stewart Rd, Clagiraba. 173 Stewart Rd, Clagiraba. 173 Stewart Rd, Clagiraba.Coomera River and Guanaba Valley offer stunning views from the property.Mr Thomas said the sellers, brothers John and Carlo Tuminello, were “excited for what the future holds”.The brothers and their young families have lived on the property for the past 13 years.They said in October that it was the perfect property for their shared love of motor cross but they were looking for a larger estate.“It’s one of the nicest properties on the river in the Guanaba Valley,” John Tuminello said.“We’ve had camp-outs and bonfires – the kind of stuff you just can’t do in most backyards.”Mr Thomas said more and more buyers were looking for property in Clagiraba and Guanaba.“It’s becoming quite a sought after part of the Gold Coast because you can get really luxurious properties that give you the real country-style living, but are still just half an hour from the beach,” Mr Thomas said. 173 Stewart Rd, Clagiraba. 173 Stewart Rd, Clagiraba.“I think they were looking at property in general for a year, but they did see this when I first marketed the (home),” Mr Thomas said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe 14ha property was listed in June last year before Mr Thomas took over the marketing in September.He said it attracted a lot of interest but nothing solid until now.“There were multiple offers on the property and some of those offers had settlement periods that weren’t agreeable to the owners,” Mr Thomas said.There are two houses on the property as well as a separate two-bedroom caretaker’s cottage.One of the houses has five bedrooms and features a formal lounge, fireplace, gym, office and second kitchen.The second house has four bedrooms, a media room, and open-plan kitchen and family room.It also has irrigated and fenced horse paddocks with eight shelters while a stable compound has one bedroom, a bathroom and kitchen.
Share #24 West Florida Out-Slugged #11 Pittsburg State 30-22, 30-24, 30-22 Oct. 14, 2007 Box Score JOPLIN, Mo. – Only eighteen hours earlier, the West Florida volleyball team lost to Missouri Southern in three straight games, but a whole different looking team showed up against Pittsburg State. The Argos setter Madeline Gonzalez set up the offense with 53 assists, as three different hitters had double digit kills. Kimberly Clark led all hitters with 19, while Luciana Rapach had 14, and Isabela Gualberto added 13. Meanwhile, Linda Igbinigie paced the Gorillas with 13 kills.During the first game, Rapach and Igbinigie traded monster kills, until back to back kills from Jamie Nichols and Gualberto gave the Argos a three point lead that they never let go. Rapach and Gualberto ended game one with back to back kills, as UWF finished the first game with 21 kills and only four errors.Early in game two, there was a flourish of nice defensive plays. One particular point included spectacular sprawling digs by Ashlee Maple of Pittsburg State, Jerica Carter, and Jamie Nichols of West Florida, before the point ended with a big block by Rapach and Gualberto. Game two was very tight until Nichols and Clark had back to back kills to put the Argos up 24-19. Sammie Williams and Klaudia Grelowska countered big strong kills for Pittsburg State to close the gap, but Gualberto and Clark recorded back to back kills to close out the game.Game three was the Kimberly Clark show, as the Junior Outside Hitter put away 11 kills in the third game alone. Igbinigie and Grelowska matched her early in the game, and after a Pamela Cartagena kill, the Gorillas were ahead 15-13. Danielle Spitzer tied the score moments later with a powerful kill down the middle, and then a Rapach kill gave the Argos the lead at 18-17. Clark then took over down the stretch with four kills in the last six points for West Florida. Fittingly, Clark then pummeled a kill along the left sideline to end the match.West Florida Head Coach Melissa Wolter was pleased with the performance. “We were firing on all cylinders today, and to beat an outstanding team (Pittsburg State) you have to have multiple players play well, and we did. I was happy with the way our team responded to last night’s loss (3-0 to Missouri Southern). Today, we were very disciplined and stuck to our game plan. This was a great win for us against a solid team.”With the victory, West Florida improved to 24-3 on the season, while Pittsburg State dropped to 22-5 with the loss. West Florida had won 14 straight before losing to Missouri State on Saturday. Pittsburg State had won five straight matches before the loss. Both teams are ranked in the top four in the South Central Region.Jerica Carter lead all players with 24 digs, while Nichols added 10 for West Florida. Williams and Maple each had 13 digs for the Gorillas. Gualberto had five blocks for the Argos to lead all players with net defense. Spitzer hit an impressive .500 with 8 kills and only two errors for UWF. The Argos outslugged the Gorillas in kills by a 63-40 margin. West Florida’s next two matches are at home. Friday, October 19th, West Georgia comes to town for a 7:00 pm match, and Eckerd College takes on the Argos on Sunday, October 21st at 2:00 pm. The Sunday match is a breast Cancer Awareness Event, with T-shirts for the first 500 fans. Print Friendly Version