Mikel Arteta “wanted the Chelsea star” to play alongside Thomas Partey for Arsenal

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Arsenal were keen to add Chelsea's Jorginho this summer as they looked for a creative midfielder.

The Gunners managed to secure the services of Thomas Partey on the transfer deadline day.

Already £ 40million looks well spent, with the Ghanaian making an instant impact in Mikel Arteta's midfielder.

His physical presence added courage in the midfield, but Arsenal also hoped to add another midfielder to congratulate him.

Lyonnais Houseem Aouar was heavily linked with the move to the Emirates, but they were unable to sign the 22-year-old.

Jorginho was another man on Arteta's shortlist, however.

The Italian is in his third third year at Stamford Bridge and has started to win over Chelsea fans after facing a lot of criticism from the start.

Jorginho has admitted that talks were held initially on a change across London, with Arsenal seeing him as a real summer target, Athletic report.

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