"Due to..." - Jorginho aims thinly-veiled dig at Chelsea after completing Arsenal transfer
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Jorginho appears to have aimed a thinly-veiled dig at Chelsea after completing his move to Arsenal.
The 31-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal on Tuesday evening in the final hours of deadline day.
Jorginho is believed to have signed a deal with the Gunners until the summer of 2024, with the club holding an option to extend his stay by a further year. He is thought to cost an initial £10m, with a further £2m available in add-ons.
Arsenal made a move for the Italy international after failing in their attempts to sign Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.
Jorginho has a wealth of experience in the Premier League, having spent four-and-a-half seasons at Chelsea.
Jorginho reveals Arteta influence
Arteta previously tried to sign Jorginho in the summer of 2020, while Manchester City were previously linked with the Italian during Arteta's time at the Etihad as assistant manager to Pep Guardiola.
In his first interview with Arsenal after joining the club, Jorginho revealed Arteta was a key factor in convincing him to move to the Emirates – suggesting he would made the switch earlier if it was his decision, and not Chelsea's.
"He was a big influence because I know that he tried a few times to get me before and it didn't happen due to other reasons, not because of my wishes," Jorginho told Arsenal's website.
"So of course, he had a big influence.
"I'm very excited for this new challenge, and I just can’t wait to be on the pitch to be honest! Everything has happened so fast. I was a bit surprised, but I took the opportunity of this amazing challenge.
"It's an important shirt. It's an amazing club, a big one, and I'm really excited and happy to be here."
Jorginho has played against Arsenal 10 times in his career, including the 1-0 victory for the Gunners at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.
Reflecting on the match, Jorginho added: "It was tough, it was a hard time! Even in pre-season we had a friendly match, and I could feel and see that Arsenal would do very well this season.
"So, when we faced each other again at Stamford Bridge, it wasn't a surprise for me at all.
"I'll try to just bring positive energy, hard work and my experience to help the team. It's what I always bring with me.
"I try just to help with the experience I've had in my time with the other clubs and anything I can do just to help the team to achieve more and more, that's my target.
"All I can promise is that I'm going to give my all to represent this club."
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