Jorginho could be set to leave Arsenal after just half a season in north London.

According to The Times, Fenerbahce want to prise Jorginho away from Arsenal.

The Gunners paid £12 million to sign Jorginho from Chelsea in January, and the experienced midfielder went on to play a key role for Mikel Arteta’s side towards the end of last season.

Many would expect Jorginho to get a fair amount of game time for Arsenal again this time around. However, he was absent for the recent Community Shield triumph over Manchester City due to a slight injury.

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Whilst the likes of Declan Rice and Thomas Partey are ahead of the 31-year-old in the pecking order, Jorginho will still prove important to Arteta this season if he remains at the Emirates Stadium. 

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Why Arsenal must keep Jorginho

Arsenal will be aiming to compete on all four fronts this time around, and will have their eye on FA Cup and Carabao Cup glory. Rotation will be key if the club are to achieve these goals, and that will mean plenty of opportunities for the likes of Jorginho.

On top of that, the 48-cap Italy international is the perfect option for Arteta to turn to in certain match situations. The Spanish coach’s ideal method of defending a lead and closing out a game is by keeping the ball and monopolising possession, rather than throwing on additional defenders and inviting pressure. Bringing on Jorginho is the perfect move in this situation. His ability to dictate play and retain the ball is something that can help Arsenal get over the line in games on a regular basis.

Arteta certainly recognises Jorginho’s importance, having previously called him a “phenomenal character,” as quoted by Metro. This highlights just how much Jorginho offers the club off the pitch, as well as on it. His experience and leadership qualities, and successful history as a Champions League winner, will be crucial in guiding this young Arsenal squad to glory.

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