Comment Hector Bellerin pays ultimate compliment to Arsenal summer signing Dani Ceballos Ceballos impressed on his full debut against Burnley (Picture: Getty)Ceballos also earned rave reviews from former Arsenal stars Martin Keown and Robin van Persie following his performance against Burnley.‘Well it’s been a few years I think since they’ve seen someone this talented in the Arsenal midfield, with the confidence, panache, vision and desire to get on the ball,’ said Keown.‘He looks a good prospect, certainly at home. If he can produce that away from home, then Arsenal really will have all their prayers answered this season.‘I think it’s a good while since we saw a debut that good from an Arsenal player. I think he’s excellent, a really good addition to the group.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Hopefully he’s going to have a big future at Arsenal, he’s been miles ahead of anyone else in this game as Man of the Match today.’Van Persie added: ‘Ceballos was by far the best player on the pitch. He was making the game, creating, he wanted the ball constantly. He was just a joy to watch.‘He runs a lot. I think the stats tell you as well that he ran the most of all players, so that tells you that he’s alive, he’s there, he wants to play, he wants to create.‘He’s just a very positive player who’s having fun, you can see he’s having fun.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Diogo Dalot injury setback for Manchester United Metro Sport ReporterFriday 23 Aug 2019 12:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link686Shares Advertisement Hector Bellerin has heaped praise on Arsenal summer signing Dani Ceballos (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin has heaped praise on Dani Ceballos and says the Arsenal summer signing is ‘one of the best players he has seen in his career’.Spain international Ceballos joined Arsenal at the end of last month on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, who he joined in 2017.After being handed the number eight shirt, which was previously worn by Wales star Aaron Ramsey, Ceballos made his full debut for the Gunners in the 2-1 win over Burnley.The 23-year-old produced a brilliant performance, providing two assists and winning the Player of the Match award.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBellerin, who is currently out with injury, told Arsenal’s official website: ‘I think Dani’s one of the best players I’ve seen in my career.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’ve played with him since we were like 18 or 19 years old. We’ve played in the under-21s, we get on really well off the pitch.‘He’s a great player, I think he’s going to be a great addition to the team and the Premier League is going to be very different to any other league, but he’s shown in training that he’s ready for it.‘He’s up for it and he’s a player who will go through thick and thin to do the best for his team. He’s got a great heart and he plays for everyone around him. I think he’s a great addition.’ Advertisement
“Austin seems like he’s playing with a lot more confidence, being a leader, too,” Paul said. “And that comes with maturity, years of experience and stuff like that.”The endeavor, the younger Rivers said, is to become the best overall player possible.“So that’s my goal this year, is to be a two-way player to help this team any way I can,” he said.CP3 likes what he seesIt’s been said time and again about how Paul has never made it to the conference finals during his 10-year career. Paul didn’t touch on that Tuesday, but he did talk about how terrific and fierce this camp has been.“Probably haven’t been in a more intense, but also efficient, camp,” he said.Paul also gave his gut feeling about the team, which includes a grip of new and key players.“I’m excited about our team,” he said. “Just like every other team who was excited yesterday on media day, thinking about the possibilities and the chance of going 82-0, you know what I mean? So right now, optimistic and excited about what we have.”Serious travelThe Clippers will open their six-game exhibition season Friday when they play host to the Denver Nuggets at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. Then they travel for a Sunday game against Toronto in Canada before embarking on a trip to China, where they will play the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 10 and Oct. 14.It’s good for bonding, Doc Rivers said, especially for a team with so many new faces.“The China travel is a little much, but if we’re going to go, I guess this year would probably be the right year to go because we have so many guys,” he said. “It will give us a chance to get to know each other a little bit better.”The Clippers’ final two exhibition games will be Oct. 20 against Golden State and Oct. 22 against Portland — both at Staples Center. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Absolutely, I’ve gotten a lot stronger,” said Austin Rivers, who is just 23.That’s because he’s been pumping iron.“I’ve gained 10 pounds, which is a lot,” he said. “I didn’t plan on gaining that much, but I was just lifting a lot in the summer, so my upper body is a lot stronger, which has actually gotten me quicker. I’m a lot quicker than I was.“I’ve always had a quick first step, but my strength has gotten me, you know, to guard these athletic guards. It’s really helped me. … Being in shape and feeling strong, it just makes you want go guard anybody.”Austin Rivers also said he’s been working on his mid-range jumper, and that he now feels very sure about shooting it. Starting point guard Chris Paul has noticed that Rivers is doing everything with more certainty. IRVINE >> Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday was talking about how well his team is doing defensively during training camp, when he touched on his son, reserve guard Austin Rivers.“I think probably Austin has made the biggest improvement defensively,” the elder Rivers said after the fourth and final day of camp at UC Irvine.The Clippers were just fine offensively last season. They averaged 106.7 points, second only to the 110.0 of NBA champion Golden State. But the Clippers allowed 100.1 points, which was 16th out of 30 teams.Entering camp, Doc Rivers stressed that defense is where his team needed to improve most. Austin Rivers is taking that challenge seriously, so he did not hold back when asked if his father is right by declaring him better in that regard.