Jorginho’s future at Arsenal has been called into question by former player Paul Merson, despite the midfielder making a promising start to his career at the club. Jorginho signed an 18-month contract with Arsenal in January after ending his four-year association with Chelsea. The 31-year-old has proved a dependable replacement for Thomas Partey, who has been struggling with a muscular injury, and was instrumental in the crucial comeback win against Aston Villa last month. Merson described Jorginho as a “phenomenal signing” but still believes he could be on the move this summer.
Merson praised Arsenal’s move for Jorginho, calling it an “absolute masterstroke” and said that the club had played an “absolute blinder”. He also gave credit to Edu, Arsenal’s technical director, and Mikel Arteta, the club’s manager, for their role in the club’s transformation. Merson said that Arsenal were doing everything they could to maximise their chances of success and that Jorginho’s signing was just one example of this.
In addition to Jorginho, Arsenal also signed Brighton forward Leandro Trossard and Spezia defender Jakub Kiwior in January. Merson has been impressed by Trossard’s start at the Emirates and said that the Belgium international even has the talent to play for defending champions Manchester City. He described Trossard as a “sublime piece of business” and said that he had settled well at the club.
Arsenal will look to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday when relegation-battlers Bournemouth travel to north London.