Romano clarifies Arsenal were considering La Liga star before opting for Jorginho move instead

Date published: Thursday 2nd February 2023 10:39 - Ben Stewart

Martin Zubimendi (Sociedad) Football/Soccer : Spanish "Copa del Rey" match between FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad at Spotify Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.

Fabrizio Romano has clarified the alternative target that Arsenal had in mind before they decided to complete the signing of Jorginho.

The January transfer window was an eventful one for the Gunners to say the least as they managed to sign Jorginho and Leandro Trossard.

Despite missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk and Moises Caicedo, Mikel Arteta’s side are certainly coming out of the window stronger.

On deadline day they managed to land a deal for Chelsea’s Jorginho, but Romano has clarified that they did have another target in mind.

“Martin Zubimendi is one of the players Arsenal also considered for their midfield, but Jorginho was a good option and they decided to proceed for him because Mikel Arteta is big fan and wanted Jorginho when the Moises Caicedo deal collapsed,” Romano told Caught Offside.

“I’m aware Edson Alvarez has also been linked with Arsenal and other clubs, but at the moment it’s completely quiet.”

Zubimendi had been a player of interest for quite some time. Both Arsenal and Barcelona were said to be interested in the Real Sociedad midfielder.

Arsenal wanted to land at least on midfield target to provide adequate cover for Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey.

Jamie Carragher shared his thoughts on the signing of Jorginho and provided the pros and cons of the move.

“Arsenal have gone for [Moises] Caicedo, but maybe they cannot get that done from Brighton, so they have gone for Jorginho, who is an interesting one,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“I can totally understand it, but I was listening to people talk about it today, and he is not the sort of style for Arsenal’s play, which is so quick, fast and energetic now and he is the opposite of that and I get that argument.

“But I also think that with maybe 10 games to go in the season, when they might actually need cool heads, when there is a pressure moment and the nerves are coming on in that title run, he may actually be a really good signing in terms of slowing things down with a cool head.

“He is a player that has won the Champions League, he has won a European Championship in the last few years, so he is a top player, there is no doubt about that, but he is a different style of player.

“But I am not saying that is for Arsenal week in, week out forever, but I think that could be a big help for them towards the end of the season when they get nervous.”

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