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Mikel Arteta opens up on why he signed Jorginho from Chelsea and his reason is EPIC

Jorginho is a dream signing for Mikel Arteta and he has said Arsenal is lucky to have signed him. Although Chelsea fans might not know this, Arteta thinks Jorginho is a midfielder with a lots of intelligence and good sportmanship and this is why he signed him.

The Premier League leaders shelled out a fee of £10 million (plus £2 million in add-ons) to secure the Italian’s signature on transfer deadline day (January 31). He has joined the club on a one-and-a-half year deal running until the summer of 2024.

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Speaking about Arsenal’s decision to bring in Jorginho, Arteta said (as quoted by the Mirror):

“Jorginho is a midfield player with intelligence, deep leadership skills and a huge amount of Premier League and international experience. Jorginho has won in his career, but he still has the hunger and huge willingness to contribute here.“We are so pleased to sign Jorginho and welcome him and his family to the club.”

The Gunners’ technical director Edu Gaspar also praised the former Chelsea star, saying (via the aforementioned source):

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“Jorginho is an established professional with a strong mentality who brings quality and experience into our squad. He is a player who fits our style of play, and he joins us at a very good moment where he can contribute in a key position to help maintain our momentum.“We welcome Jorginho to Arsenal.”

Jorginho is expected to reinforce Arsenal’s midfield as a solid back-up option for first-choice midfielders Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey. The Italian’s arrival was announced just hours after the Gunners confirmed that Mohamed Elneny had suffered a knee injury.

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It’s also worth noting that the north London outfit have loaned out midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga to Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

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