Having left Chelsea on deadline day to join one of their biggest rivals, one of Arsenal's newest signings has broken his silence after making the move across London.
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In an effort to retain their status as the Premier League's table-toppers, the Gunners made some much-needed reinforcement on the final day of the January transfer window.
The long-term injury to Mohamed Elneny necessitated cover in the midfield for the north Londoners, and in signing Italy international Jorginho from their crosstown rivals, Arsenal have remedied a potentially costly issue.
Manager Mikel Arteta was reportedly originally in for Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo, but the Seagulls were firm in their stance of not wanting to sell the Ecuadorian and, as a result, the Spanish tactician switched his focus to acquiring Jorginho's services on deadline day.
While many may think that acquisition was a panic buy in response to Brighton's reluctance to sell Caicedo, Jorginho has since dismissed the notion, insisting that a move to the Emirates Stadium had long been in the making.
"He [Arteta] 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," the Brazilian-born midfielder told Arsenal's official 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."
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The former Napoli man arrives in north London having won a few trophies during his time at Stamford Bridge, with UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League winner's medals to his name.
However, a Premier League title has alluded him so far and having just signed with Arsenal, perhaps this season presents his best opportunity to get his hands o the English top-flight trophy.
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