Martin Odegaard says it didn’t take long for Jorginho to make a big impression on his new Arsenal teammates following his January move.
Signed on deadline day to provide strength in depth in midfield, the 31-year-old has looked very comfortable providing cover for Thomas Partey in the last three league outings.
Combined with the impact made by fellow new boy Leandro Trossard, who has a goal and assist to his name already, it’s looking like the Gunners did very savvy business despite originally targeting other players.
“Great guys, they bring a lot of good things to the team,” Odegaard told the Evening Standard following Saturday’s 1-0 win at Leicester.
“Jorginho especially has a lot of experience. He’s won a lot of things, brings that mentality into the team and helps the young players. It’s great to have him on board.
“He’s a great player, we saw that from the first day when he came here. He brings a lot of quality, he’s very calm on the ball, finds the right passes and dictates the game. He’s nice to play with.”
Manager Mikel Arteta has been similarly impressed by the intelligence of his new arrivals who’ve been very quick to understand the fundamentals of Arsenal’s technical football.
Facing the media at the King Power, he said: “Two players already that have experience in the league, that really fitted our way of playing, really intelligent both of them to understand what is required in many situations that we demand them to execute certain things and they have the personality to come here and play the way they played is what is required at this level.”
He also reserved praise for the club’s chief negotiators who helped get deals over the line at an important moment in the season.
“We were very clear about what we wanted to do, we could not do it and we had to adapt,” he said.
“You have to do that in the window. Don’t feel sorry for ourselves. Everybody from the board — Edu especially with [director of football operations] Richard Garlick — were really strong in doing what we had to do, and we were first there to get what we wanted.”
Arsenal now play every three days until an Interlull kicks in at the end of March. Everton and Bournemouth visit the Emirates on Wednesday and Saturday respectively, a trip to Fulham is sandwiched by a Europa League double-header with Sporting Lisbon before Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace pay us a visit.
The new boys are going to see a lot more action.