Jorginho covers MORE ground than Partey AND Caicedo, makes more forward passes and even compares well defensively! Why the £12m Chelsea man could be the ideal signing for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta
- Arsenal have agreed a £12million deal to sign Jorginho from Chelsea today
- The Gunners had a £70m bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo rejected
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Arsenal have accepted defeat in their pursuit of Moises Caicedo, but in Jorginho perhaps Mikel Arteta’s side have stumbled upon a better option to bring them home the title.
The Gunners, who sit five points ahead of Manchester City atop the Premier League table with a game in hand, saw their £70million bid for Caicedo rejected in what was their third attempt to lure the midfielder away from Brighton.
Wasting no time, Arsenal quickly turned their attention to Jorginho, now agreeing to sign the Chelsea midfielder on an 18-month deal worth £12million.
Arsenal have agreed terms with Chelsea over a deal for Italian midfielder Jorginho (above)
Arteta has been desperate to add a midfielder to his ranks during the January transfer window with both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny currently out injured.
The Spaniard is a long-term admirer of Jorginho, who is available on the cheap with his Chelsea contract expiring this summer. The Blues are also in hot pursuit of Enzo Fernandez, in a transfer that would push the 31-year-old further down the pecking order.
The imminent arrival of Jorginho has divided the Arsenal fanbase, having struggled for form this season with Chelsea down in 10th in the table. Yet, the stats show that the midfielder, who scored 29 goals in 213 games for Chelsea, may actually be an astute signing.
The Gunners decided to accept Brighton ‘s resistance to selling Moises Caicedo (above)
Mikel Arteta (left) has been desperate to add a midfielder to his ranks during the January transfer window as both Thomas Partey (right) and Mohamed Elneny are currently out injured
Perhaps one of the major concerns among the Arsenal faithful is Jorginho’s ability to cover the pitch in Partey’s absence, with Ghanaian’s workrate being fundemental to their success in recent months.
Yet, from the start of last season, Jorginho has actually covered more ground on average than both Partey and Arsenal’s first-choice option Caicedo – and by quite a margin. The 31-year-old covers an average of 11.1km per 90 in the Premier League, with Partey down at 10.5 and Caicedo at 10.2.
He has also scored more goals (8) than both Partey (4) and Caicedo (2), though all of them have come from the penlaty spot. Nevertheless, he has also made more passes, more forward passes and with a better accuracy than both Partey and Caicedo.
Perhaps that’s to be expected, but what might surprise Arsenal fans is that he has also won possession more times per 90 minutes (8.3) than Partey (7.3) and Caicedo (6.7). Meanwhile, he betters Partey and matches Caicedo for both interceptions and tackles.
While Jorginho is clearly a technician, any perception that he’s lightweight in midfield is clearly not entirely true.
That said, perhaps the one worry for Arsenal fans will be the fact he has been dribbled past 1.9 times a game, more than Partey (1.1) and Caicedo (0.6).
What Jorginho will definitely bring, though, is genuine experience of winning silverware at the highest level.
The midfielder has won the European Championships with Italy, both the Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea and more.
Jorginho played a crucial role as Chelsea claimed Champions League glory back in 2021
It’s for that reason club legend Paul Merson believes Jorginho will prove to be an excellent addition to the Arsenal squad.
‘I think outstanding,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘You are buying experience as well. He’s won big trophies. He is a proper holding midfield player.
‘We were only talking about, two years ago when they won the Champions League and he won the Euros, we were saying, “Why don’t England produce one of these players?”. Two years on and Arsenal could be getting him.
‘I know he’s two years older, but he’s so intelligent. He’ll protect the back four and he just keeps it simple. He will be feeding Odegaard. He will be feeding Saka and Martinelli.
‘For me, he is a top signing. He knows he won’t be playing every week. But he will bring experience and calmness. I call it a cup of tea.’
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