Jorginho has completed a permanent transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal.
The Italian international leaves Stamford Bridge after four-and-a-half years, during which he helped us win the Champions League, the Europa League, the Club World Cup, and the Super Cup. Jorginho also acted as our vice-captain for most of his time at the club.
Many of Jorginho’s best performances came in European competition. He starred in Baku at the end of his first season when we thumped Arsenal 4-1, and the midfielder played a pivotal role en route to Champions League glory in 2021, starting all but one of our knockout games as we conceded just twice and shut out Manchester City in the Porto final.
A leader on and off the pitch from the moment he arrived in west London from Napoli, Jorginho was coolness personified from the penalty spot with his trademark hop-skip technique. Perhaps his most iconic conversion was the injury-time winner at home to Leeds last season, his second of the game sparking pandemonium at the Bridge.
In all, 27 of Jorginho’s 29 goals for Chelsea arrived from 12 yards, with the other two coming in derby victories at Craven Cottage and the Emirates.
Jorginho established himself in the Italy team while at Chelsea. He started every game at the delayed Euro 2020 tournament when they lifted the title with victory over England at Wembley. That success, coupled with our own continental triumph a few weeks prior, contributed to him earning personal accolades in the form of the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and a third-placed finish in the Ballon d’Or voting.
A friendly and funny guy off the pitch, Jorginho leaves Chelsea with 213 appearances to his name and four winners’ medals, none more precious than the 2021 Champions League success in which he played a major part.
Good luck in the future, Jorgi!