Jorginho, a midfielder for Arsenal, has acknowledged that there were three main factors that motivated him to leave Chelsea and transfer to the Emirates Stadium in January.
In the final hours of the January transfer window, Jorginho completed a surprise move across London from Chelsea to Arsenal. He has since revealed what prompted the decision.
In the final hours before deadline day, the Italian became the Gunners’ third addition of the winter transfer season. The former Napoli player, 31, signed a contract with Arsenal for £12 million that included an 18-month commitment with an additional season’s option.
Jorginho’s four and a half-year fruitful and lengthy relationship with Chelsea came to an end with his departure across the capital. After assisting the team in winning the Champions League, Europa League, and other competitions, he became a crucial figure at Stamford Bridge.
Jorginho has now revealed the motivations for his pursuit of a switch, three weeks after finalizing his move across London.
The Italian acknowledged that after falling out of favor with the Blues, the potential of playing on a regular basis and the opportunity to work with Mikel Arteta were both too appealing to pass up.
Jorginho was quoted by DAZN as saying: “It’s [Mikel Arteta] one of the causes, without a doubt. We made the transaction in less than 48 hours after he called me, so everything happened pretty quickly.
Chelsea and I had spoken, and I was aware that I was no longer a part of their plans. I wanted to advance in my career, and the Arsenal project fits my personality. It’s a young team that plays quality football.
I decided after carefully weighing all possibilities. You sometimes have to accept that you are done with a project and that things end.”
Since completing his transfer to Arsenal, Jorginho has had a successful debut season with the Gunners. He was given his first start against Manchester City, nine days after making his debut as a substitute in a loss to Everton.
He was essential in helping the North London team resume their title defense against Aston Villa at the weekend. Emi Martinez, a former goalkeeper for Arsenal, touched the ball into the net after his effort hit the bar in stoppage time.
Aaron Ramsdale, the Italian’s new colleague, has already heaped praise on him for the influence he has had on the team despite his short tenure.
After the win in the Midlands, the Arsenal goalkeeper remarked of Jorginho and Oleksandr Zinchenko: “These are people whose minds we can tap into.”