Mikel Arteta wanted Arsenal to sign Chelsea star after getting Thomas Partey

Mikel Arteta is said to ‘greatly admire’ Chelsea midfielder Jorginho (Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta is a huge admirer of Jorginho and wanted Arsenal to sign the Chelsea midfielder along with Thomas Partey, according to reports.

The Arsenal boss was keen to strengthen his midfield options in the last transfer window and the Gunners managed to complete a £45m deal to sign Partey from Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal were also targeting Houssem Aouar but were unable to reach an agreement with Lyon for the highly rated 22-year-old.

Jorginho was also linked with a surprise move to the Emirates Stadium in the closing stages of the transfer window as an alternative to Aouar.

But according to The Athletic, Jorginho was not regarded as a back-up option to Aouar and the Italy international was the subject of serious interest from Arsenal.

The report claims that Jorginho is ‘greatly admired’ by Arteta and Arsenal’s backroom staff.

Jorginho admits Arsenal made an approach to Chelsea in the summer (Getty)

However, due to their restricted transfer budget in the summer the Gunners are understood to have wanted an instalment-based deal with Chelsea and an agreement could not be…