Paul Merson insists he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Jorginho departed Arsenal this summer – despite only joining from Chelsea in January – as he hails the capture of the £12m midfielder a ‘masterstroke’
- Jorginho and Leandro Trossard signed from Chelsea and Brighton respectively
- Both players have played key roles since they arrived at the back end of month
- Paul Merson has hailed the signing of Jorginho in particular as a ‘masterstroke’
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has hailed the club’s January business – noting the swift impacts of Leandro Trossard and Jorginho.
The two players were signed in January after Arsenal failed to land primary targets Mykhailo Mudryk and Moises Caicedo. The Gunners also brought in Jakob Kiwior as central-defensive cover from Spezia.
Both have played an integral role in Arsenal’s maintaining of grip on the top of the Premier League. Despite the success of Jorginho so far, however, Merson said he would ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if he wasn’t at the club next season.
‘The Jorginho signing has been an absolute masterstroke from Arsenal,’ Merson told the Daily Star. ‘They have played an absolute blinder and I have said it all along.
‘He has been integral to all of their last three wins and it came just at the right time after Thomas Partey was struggling with a muscle injury.
Paul Merson has hailed Arsenal’s January business – but said that one of the players signed might not even there next season
Leandro Trossard has proven an impressive signing for Arsenal – refreshing their forward line
Jorginho was hailed by Merson as a ‘masterstroke’ signing following some impressive showings
‘Edu also deserves massive credit for what’s going on at Arsenal. He and Mikel Arteta are the brains behind their transformation. You can just picture them sitting around tables at London Colney racking their brains together.
‘You only have to look at the January transfer window. I thought Jorginho was going to be a phenomenal signing and that’s exactly what has transpired. It was just so clever in every way imaginable.
‘He might not even be there next season, I wouldn’t be surprised if he left this summer but it doesn’t matter. It’s just the way Arsenal are thinking, they’re doing everything they can to maximise their chances of success.’
Jorginho made a decisive intervention at Aston Villa when his last-gasp, rasping drive cannoned back off the cross bar and off the head of Emi Martinez into the net.
Meanwhile, Trossard has a goal and two assists in his seven Premier League appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side so far. His influence at the apex of the team appears to have refreshed their forward line somewhat, with Gabriel Martinelli having scored three times in the last two games, both of which the Belgian has started up front.
Jorginho’s intervention at Aston Villa, which directly led to the winner, was a crucial moment
Arsenal sit at the top of the Premier League by five points with 13 games remaining
‘Leandro Trossard looks like another sublime piece of business, you’d think he was an Arsenal player anyway on the basis of how he’s settled at the club,’ Merson added.
‘He’s stepped in and done a great job and even when Gabriel Jesus returns, Trossard can play where Gabriel Martinelli plays. They have so many options.
‘It’s a snip at just £27million. Trossard could play for Manchester City in my book, he’s that talented. I think the Aston Villa game was the key moment for Arsenal – it was the match that displayed their title credentials.’
Arsenal host Bournemouth on Saturday looking to maintain their five point lead over chasers Manchester City, who host Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime.