Arsenal have the signing of Jorginho from Chelsea in a Deadline Day deal worth £12m.
He has signed an 18-month contract with Arsenal and became Mikel Arteta’s third signing of the January window following Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior
Jorginho could make his Arsenal debut against Everton next weekend, with the Gunners currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Rio Ferdinand has warned Jorginho that he may not be a Premier League starter for leaders Arsenal and will be replaced by a big-money signing in the summer.
Asked to rate Arsenal’s move for Jorginho, Ferdinand said on the FIVE YouTube channel: ‘I think it’s a good signing. I think it’s shrewd.
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‘I’ve been known to criticise Jorginho and just to clarify that, I was criticising him because the way Chelsea played when he first got there, it didn’t help him.
‘There were too many big spaces around him and he was being exposed physically,with a lack of pace and dynamism.
They changed the way they played with and without the ball and got bodies near him to help him and that made him a better player.
‘Whatever you think of him, he’s a fine passer of the ball, especially cutting through the lines, he keeps it ticking, we saw that with Italy in the Euros.
‘He’s a fine technician on the ball and I think he will be a point of difference to [Thomas] Partey.
He can come in if need be and fill that gap with the experience he’s got.
‘I don’t see him being a starter for Arsenal, I’ve got to be honest.
I don’t think Jorginho is a long-term signing. He’s a stop-gap and they will get a big midfielder in the summer.
‘But everything I hear about him as a pro has been positive. Nothing but positive.
In the changing room, he’s a leader, he talks and he demands high standards from his team-mates.
‘I bet he can’t wait to go there because Arsenal are top of the Premier League!’
Jorginho divided opinion throughout his time at Stamford Bridge, but with over 200 appearances, 29 goals (almost all from the penalty spot with a hop and a skip),
and four trophies to his name (including Champions League, Europa League, Super Cup, and the Club World Cup)