Mikel Arteta wouldn’t be drawn on whether Arsenal are planning to extend the contract of midfielder Jorginho but the manager did reaffirm that he’s “really happy” with the Italy international.
Jorginho has made 38 appearances for Arsenal since making his surprise move from Chelsea last January. He was recruited to provide depth at a time when Mohamed Elneny was injured last season but has spent most of this year deputising for Declan Rice with Thomas Partey sidelined.
“I’m really happy with him, that’s all I can say,” Arteta said in his pre-West Ham press conference.
“The contract situation is more for Edu and the board to manage, but his implication (we think he means ‘application) and the capacity that he has in big matches to affect the game is tremendous and he was great against Liverpool again.”
Pressed again on whether the Gunners will activate the clause in Jorginho’s contract that would keep him at the Emirates for another 12 months, he replied:
“I’m really happy with him, that’s all I can say. And when we imagined what he could bring to the team and how he could make us better, he’s doing exactly that or even better. That’s it.”
Arsenal are unlikely to retain the services of Mohamed Elneny next summer and have also been looking for a buyer for Thomas Partey. Having sold Granit Xhaka last summer, it would make sense to keep Jorginho while adding another player in the middle of the park. If rumours are to be believed Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi tops the shopping list.