Jorginho once again dominates and proves why Arsenal were right to extend his contract

Watching Italy’s Euros fight against Albania, it was clear why Arsenal extended Jorginho’s contract, even if just for a year. The Italian midfielder was outstanding. “Controlled the game,” “Pass master,” “dictated the play,”… are the adjectives used to characterize him following his performance on Saturday night. The Italian is a leader both on and off the pitch, and his brain greatly outperforms his physical limitations.

He did impress in Italy’s 2-1 victory over Albania, and the statistics clearly suggest so. He completed 120/131 passes against Albania, the most since Toni Kroos at Euro 2016. In fact, since Euro 1980, Jorginho has made the third-most accurate passes, after only Toni Kross (121) in Euro 2016 and Xavi (127) in Euro 2012. In the Euros match, the former Blue also had the most touches (136).

Jorginho continues to be a crucial member of the Arsenal team, despite speculation that the club will acquire a top midfielder who will form a first-choice midfield partnership with Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard.

The Italian midfielder’s game knowledge, experience, and influence might be crucial to Arsenal’s success next season. His performance against Albania demonstrated that he is still an asset on the field. Certainly, if Jorginho were a few years younger, his position in Arsenal’s starting lineup would have been impossible to snatch from him.

Daniel O


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4 Comments

  1. The guy is an on-field coach, constantly directing where other players should go and what they should do. I’d be amazed if he didn’t become a (top) coach after hanging up his laying boots.

  2. I was amazed by the Guy on the night. He was giving on field instructions to players like the assistant coach.

    If Party were reliable, we would not need any more CM. The youths should make up the numbers in midfield, along with Sambi.

  3. So pleased others noted Jorginho’s performance.
    The claims that he was too old along with Partey, by some fans, just shows what nonsense it was!!
    As for Partey himself, John Legend, how many games has he now played, since returning from injury?
    I make it five.
    Your absolutely correct and in saying if “he was reliable” so let’s keep track on the number of games he plays between now and the beginning of the season.

    1. Huge admirer of Jorgi. In fact, I would dedicate last season’s second half performance to Jorgi. As long as Rice played at six, we struggled so much with breaking the lines against low block and mid-block
      strategies. As soon as Jorgi took that spot, everything fell into place, Rice took the 8 position, and Havertz could finally play as 9. That set the tone for our second half exploits last season. Jorgi was immense.

      And we need a long-term player who can dictate as well as Jorgi but with more defensive acumen.

      I even submitted an article to JA, solely focusing on the Jorgi this season, but it was not published for some reason.

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