Arsenal have completed the signing of Chelsea’s Italian midfielder Jorginho. Voted as UEFA’s Male Player of the Year in 2021, the midfielder comes in to bolster a depleted midfield – with Elneny ruled out through a knee injury, and the severity of Thomas Partey’s injury not yet clear.
The Gunners had shown interest in Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, with the Ecuadorian central midfielder posting an appreciation post on his social media that indicated he was on his way out of the AMEX – but Roberto De Zerbi has since stated that Caicedo will not be leaving in this transfer window.
With Caicedo off the cards, Arsenal turned to London rivals Chelsea – specifically 31-year-old Jorginho. The Italian midfielder certainly knows how to win trophies, and is set to play a vital role in Arsenal’s push for the Premier League title. Jorginho won the Coppa Italia and the Supercopa in 2014, before winning the Europa League, Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup with Chelsea. On the international stage, he won the EUROs with Italy – a tournament that saw him named as UEFA’s Male Player of the Year, while also finishing third in the Ballon d’Or rankings.
The player will slot in beautifully to Mikel Arteta’s midfield, though he offers a drastically difficult skillset to Moises Caicedo. Jorginho grew up in Brazil, which remains evident through his technically gifted style of play – and although he may not be the fastest central midfielder, he is certainly one of the most skilful. On paper, his goal contributions may not appear to be anything special – but the Italian’s role is much more influential, preferring to sit deep and dictate the buildup play.
Jorginho has won in his career, but he still has the hunger and huge willingness to contribute here.Mikel Arteta speaking to arsenal.com