‘I’ve got to be honest’: Ferdinand labels Jorginho a good player but insists there’s no way he’s overthrowing Partey in the starting line up

By Sportarsh Team
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Rio Ferdinand, former Manchester United player, believes that new signing Jorginho cannot start ahead of the impressive Thomas Partey.

Jorginho joined Arsenal from Chelsea on deadline day for £12 million after the Gunners failed to sign main target Caicedo.

Arsenal have a chance to win the Premier League this season, but their squad depth is an issue. The Gunners have signed Trossard, Kiwior, and Jorginho to bolster their squad depth.

Rating Arsenal’s move for Jorginho, Ferdinand shared his views:

‘I think it’s a good signing. I think it’s shrewd. I’ve been known to criticise Jorginho and just to clarify that, I was criticising him because the way Chelsea played when he first got there, it didn’t help him.

‘There were too many big spaces around him and he was being exposed physically, with a lack of pace and dynamism.’

‘They changed the way they played with and without the ball and got bodies near him to help him and that made him a better player. Whatever you think of him, he’s a fine passer of the ball, especially cutting through the lines, he keeps it ticking, we saw that with Italy in the Euros.’

‘He’s a fine technician on the ball and I think he will be a point of difference to [Thomas] Partey. He can come in if need be and fill that gap with the experience he’s got.‘

‘I don’t see him being a starter for Arsenal, I’ve got to be honest. I don’t think Jorginho is a long-term signing. He’s a stop-gap and they will get a big midfielder in the summer.’

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