That came after reports suggested parent club Real Madrid were unhappy with his lack of game-time with the Gunners and tempted to recall him before loaning him out elsewhere, with top clubs in Serie A interested.
The data suggests Ceballos made the most of his chance to shine against the Baggies.
📷 Dani Ceballos: Match Snapshot
Ceballos was named as a defensive midfielder alongside Granit Xhaka as manager Mikel Arteta retained a 4-2-3-1 formation.
He played the full 90 minutes as impressive first-half goals from Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka put Arsenal in control.
⚽ ⏱️ 55’ Ceballos lofted an excellent pass over the top for Alexandre Lacazette to rush on to and the striker beat goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from a tight angle only to see his shot hacked away from the line. It was one of three key passes for Ceballos on the night.
Lacazette was not to be denied, though, scoring twice in quick succession to seal the victory.
〽️ Ceballos: Rating Week-on-Week
Ceballos won seven of his nine duels, had seven recoveries and a game-high five interceptions.
He completed 86% of his 64 passes, 19 of which were in the final third, and was constantly involved with 82 touches of the ball.
Along with his three created chances, it all worked out at an 8.4 FC Rating for Ceballos.
That is a marked improvement on the still respectable 6.7 FC Rating he recorded in the December defeat to Everton.
🗝️ Key Stats
Ceballos: What Next?
Playing as a defensive midfielder seems to be the best way to get top performances from Ceballos.
Our data shows that in his last 50 matches, he played 11 in that role and averages a 7.4 FC Rating – better than he has fared in any other position.
Playing slightly up the pitch in central midfield, for example, he averages 6.9 from 24 appearances there.
A deeper role seems to allow Ceballos to showcase his competitive nature and win back possession, as well as ensuring he sees plenty of the ball and still has the opportunity to pick out passes and create opportunities for his team-mates.
Ceballos, though, has given Arteta plenty to think about as both men fight for their Arsenal futures.