“Jorginho wasn’t number one…”What MF did Arsenal want the most?
Arsenal put other midfielders ahead of Jorginho.
Arsenal is currently No. 1 in the English Premier League (EPL). Even when Arsenal performed well at the beginning of the season and took the lead, few thought they would maintain the top spot until the turning point was turned. Arsenal, which showed stable performance in both offense and defense, has been able to secure points steadily when other competing teams are shaken and have been ranked first so far. It is five points behind second-place Manchester City, which played one more game.
Arsenal, which aimed to win the championship, started recruiting the winter transfer market. The position Arsenal had to sign was clear. It was attacking, adding centre-back options, and recruiting midfielders to ease the burden of Granit Xhaka and Thomas’s party. Leandro Trossar was on the attack. Trossar was able to cover the attack extensively. Yakup Kibior wore an Arsenal uniform as a center back.
All that was left was a midfielder. Zakawa Party is doing so well, but the alternative resources were Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneni, so recruitment was essential. Furthermore, El Nenny was injured and was in a hurry. The final midfielder Arsenal brought was Jorginho. Jorginho is a midfielder who has played as a key player for Chelsea for a long time and has been deputy captain this season, so some responded that he is unexpected to go to Arsenal.
Britain’s “The Athletic” said on January 31 that Jorginho was not Arsenal’s first pick. Arsenal wanted a holding midfielder to support the party. The top players on the list were Declan Rice and Moise Kaiseido. Rice said Arsenal had wanted it since the summer, but due to West Ham United’s relegation zone, he was unable to transfer now.
“At the end of the transfer market, Arsenal focused on Kaiseido. Although the transfer fee was expensive, Mikhailo Moodleek was lost to Chelsea, so there was enough transfer funds. Kaiseido had an intention to transfer, but Brighton refused. Arsenal, who kept trying, failed in the end. Finally, Jorginho came. “There are different opinions among Arsenal fans over the recruitment of Jorginho, but it was the best choice for Arsenal,” he said.
Referring to coach Mikel Arteta’s long-cherished desire for Jorginho, he also made it clear that it was not an urgent transfer. The Athletic also said, “Arnal expects Jorginho’s experience. The transferring players who came in the winter, including Jorginho, will help improve Arsenal’s chances of winning,” he said.