With the end of the transfer window in sight, Arsenal are still in the search for a new central midfield. Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar remain the prime targets for Mikel Arteta but a new name has emerged.
According to Sky Sports, Jorginho is one of the midfielders the Gunners are interested in. The 28-year-old was heavily linked to Manchester City in 2018, while Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager, before joining Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea that summer.
Heading into the closing weeks of the summer transfer window, which closes on October 6 [for deals outside the EFL], Arsenal’s need for a central midfield has remained evident, but Jorginho doesn’t necessarily fit the bill.
Especially in Mesut Ozil’s absence since football’s return in June, the biggest issue in the Gunners midfield has been chance creation. While the side have developed clear patterns of play which carve open opposition defences, like against Manchester City, Liverpool and Fulham, they have lacked a midfielder able to punch them into the final third when sides sit back and wait to be broken down.
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While Jorginho has proven himself to be a respected midfielder at Chelsea, this isn’t the role he plays for them. Instead, he is the man that builds play deeper in midfield and sets the pace of the game and this is not the type of player Arsenal are in need of as things stand.
The main man holding that responsibility in north London is Granit Xhaka. A player Arteta openly admitted to wanting to sign at Manchester City, the Swiss has been a pivotal player since the manager’s arrival in December. Used in a similar ‘quarterback’ role, Xhaka’s ball distribution from deep and ability to shield the defence has seen him become one of the few players to cement a place in the Arsenal starting XI.