Arsenal announce first summer deal as Jorginho signs new short-term contract

Jorginho has signed a new short-term contract with Arsenal, saying that he "feels he has more to do" with the club.

The Italian international joined from Chelsea on transfer deadline day in January 2023 for a fee of up to £12million. Although an initially unpopular addition, Jorginho has gone on to establish himself as a key member of Mikel Arteta's squad, making 51 appearances.

"I'm really, really happy to stay, because it's a privilege to be a part of this family," the Italian said. "My family is happy, we are really well settled and I feel that I have more to do

"I think it’s been really positive, because I felt part of something big straight away. The way I felt involved and how I felt really in a good place. It’s not always like that, so when you feel something like this, it’s something important."

Jorginho's initial contract had been due to run out this summer after Arsenal didn't take up the opportunity to trigger a 12-month extension clause. However, the Gunners had been keen to reward the Italian, and proposed a fresh deal to reflect his current standing at the club.

Jorginho's experience has been invaluable to Arsenal as they seek to win a first Premier League title in 20 years. The Italian has been Arteta's go-to man in the biggest of matches - most notably February's 3-1 win over Liverpool.

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"I try to give everything I can of myself, to everyone around," the 32-year-old said of his leadership role within Arsenal's young squad. "Sometimes that can be a cuddle, sometimes it can be words, sometimes show them something. So I just try to help as much as I can in any situation. I feel that everyone here can count on me. I will always be there for them."

Jorginho is likely to be involved as Arsenal take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Even if they do win, the Gunners are still second-favourite to Manchester City, who are one point behind them in the table, but have a game in hand. Regardless of what happens over the next couple of weeks, though, Jorginho feels it has been a positive season for the Gunners.

"I'd say that we are enjoying it because it's a beautiful journey," he said. "It's a special moment, a special thing we've been doing, and I think we need to push and enjoy the moment, every single day.

"To be where we are, we worked hard. So much! We did so much and we need to be proud of what we’ve been doing. We need to trust what we’re doing and believe it."

Arsenal manager Arteta said: "We're delighted that Jorgi has signed a new contract with us. Jorgi is such an important part of our team, a role model with great leadership skills and a unique playing style ability which makes everybody better around him on the pitch. We're very pleased that Jorgi and his family have committed with us and we're all excited to continue this journey together."

Sporting director Edu said: "We're very happy to have Jorgi sign a contract extension with us. He represents what we stand for here at Arsenal with his professionalism and success. I know everyone at the club will be very excited that Jorgi will continue to be with us, not only the players and coaches, but all the staff behind the scenes as well. It's great that Jorginho remains with us, as we continue building to be better and stronger."