New Arsenal Star Speaks For The First Time Since Joining From Chelsea

Mikel Arteta, Jorginho and Edu Gaspar
Mikel Arteta, Jorginho and Edu Gaspar

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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