Arsenal has been on the lookout for midfield options lately. Even with Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos giving it their all, Arsenal requires more. Lucas Torriera and Guendozi have fallen out of favor as well. Hence, Arteta has been eyeing various options to sign this summer. Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar have been ruling their radar. But a new name came into the list last week.
The shock news of Jorginho being under Arteta’s radar came recently, via SkySports. The Chelsea man has been hinting at making an exit for a while now. Arsenal are the latest suitors to show their interest in him. Jorginho did appear in the first two games for Chelsea. But was not seen in the 3-3 draw against West Brom.
This sudden fall from the lineup was seen as a hint from Lampard on Jorginho making an exit. Arsenal fans took the excitement to Twitter, posting tweets that Jorginho will join Emirates soon. While some supporters were seen to be enjoying the rumors, some thought otherwise. But the interest from Arsenal looks strong.
Jorginho has been a great midfielder throughout his career. He may have lost his flare recently at Chelsea. Resulting in dropping down Lampard’s pecking order at times. But signing Jorginho will be the right choice if Arteta can play his well.
Arsenal to sign third Chelsea man?
The Gunners already have two Blues in their side in Willian and David Luiz. Jorginho is likely to be the third player considering the recent updates. The Italian has very impressive statistics despite his not so great signing at Chelsea.
Jorginho was signed by Maurizio Sarri when he was managing Chelsea. The Italian midfielder was a key man in Sarri’s Napoli lineup. Hence, Maurizio thought to make a similar game in west London. But was unable to work out his plans at Stamford Bridge. Hence, Jorginho was also unable to shine at Chelsea for long.
After the sacking of Sarri, Lampard took the reigns. The gaffer did play Jorginho in the initial games but was seen to drop him occasionally. This is not because he is not a good midfielder. But because he is not apt for Lampard’s ways. Arteta may be able to use the Italian better at Arsenal should a deal spring up.
Mikel Arteta admires Jorginho from the time Manchester City failed to sign him back in 2018. Arteta has been able to make great changes to Arsenal from the moment he took charge. The interest in Jorginho may also be a hint on making further improvements to the Gunners. Arsenal are desperate to make some fixes at centre and Jorginho can be a perfect choice.
Jorginho eyed as Partey Alternative
Mikel Arteta was able to reinforce his defense with Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba. The attack looks good at the moment with the forwards providing when in need. But the centre of the park has been an issue for Arteta. Ceballos has been working at his maximum alongside Xhaka. But there is still room for better play at the centre.
However, Partey and Aouar are Arteta’s top targets. The duo has a price tag way out of Arsenal’s reach. The Gunners did approach Atletico Madrid and Lyon with various deals, but they won’t budge. This is where Jorginho comes in as a more economical alternative.
Jorginho may be out of favor at Chelsea but has still managed to get more passes than Arsenal midfielders. His tackle rate are also above that of Ceballos and Xhaka.
Hence signing the midfielder will be a boost to Arsenal’s midfield. Also, Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly agreeing on terms to help each other. So this may see Jorginho make a shift to Arsenal this summer to fix Arteta’s issue in the centre.