The Italian international had been linked with moves to Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super League and multiple unnamed teams in Saudi Arabia, but it seems clear that he will be going nowhere as things stand.
This will come as good news to the Gunners – without Jorginho, they could have faced an injury crisis in the defensive midfield role, with Thomas Partey set for a spell on the sidelines.
Regarding Partey’s absence at the weekend, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta said: “We need a few more tests but he felt something in training and I think he will be out for a couple of weeks. He had the capacity to play in various positions and today was a game for him to play in a different position but he is not available.”
What has been said regarding Jorginho’s future?
Speaking to TuttoMercatoWeb, Joao Santos (Jorginho’s agent) said [via 90min]: “Jorginho is focused on Arsenal, therefore on the Premier League and the Champions League. He will not go to Fenerbahce.”
Can Arsenal afford to lose Jorginho?
Jorginho is not a first-team starter at Arsenal currently. His primarily role, defensive midfield, is perpetually occupied by Declan Rice – moreover, they can also call upon Thomas Partey (their first-choice holding player last season) to deputise in that position.
In that sense, Arsenal do not need Jorginho – but this does not necessarily mean that he is surplus to requirements. The Gunners have a massive schedule ahead of them in the 2023/24, having qualified for the Champions League at the end of the previous campaign.
Due to this, Arsenal will need all the squad depth that they can get. Jorginho certainly provides this, although he is only naturally suited to playing in one position.
It would be unwise to play him as a central midfielder – he does not carry the ball forward well, nor is he particularly mobile. He is best suited to playing just in front of the central defenders, where he can spray long balls around the pitch and use his excellent anticipation skills to break up play.