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Arsenal are ‘preparing’ new contract talks with player Arteta thinks is ‘world-class’

There is a chance that Arsenal star Jorginho will depart the club at the end of the season, but Mikel Arteta is keen to ensure that this does not happen.

Jorginho has become a vital member of the squad for his leadership and experience, as one of Arteta’s key leaders when on the pitch or bench, and has also been one of Arsenal’s best performers in recent months.
The 32-year-old is often in and out of the starting XI depending on the opposition, but was arguably the best player on the pitch in both of his last starts against Liverpool and Newcastle United.

Arsenal do have an option to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season, but it now appears that they are keen on giving him a new deal to potentially even keep him for longer.

Arsenal prepare to open contract talks with Jorginho

A report from The Independent has revealed that Arsenal “are preparing to open contract negotiations with Jorginho following a string of standout performances.”
A new contract which will run for one year, with an optional extension for another year, is being planned for the 32-year-old, who faces an uncertain future despite his outstanding recent performances.

Jorginho’s agent recently admitted that there are several top Serie A sides, including his former club Napoli, interested in the player, and Arsenal will hope to keep hold of their veteran midfielder.

Arteta recently described Jorginho as “world-class” following his incredible display against Newcastle, and it is clear that the Spaniard values him highly.
It is obvious that Arsenal should keep Jorginho beyond the end of this season, even if it is at the expense of Thomas Partey, with a new midfielder also set to come in.

Jorginho can play a vital squad role and occasionally start games in which Arsenal want more defensive control, limiting any potential concerns over his physicality.

With Jorginho also potentially set to do his coaching badges in the coming years, there is a case to be made that keeping him as a backup player, with the aim of securing him as a coach when he decides to retire, could be a good move if he is keen.

A one-year deal with an option to extend, could therefore be the best move. Arsenal will secure Jorginho for potentially two more years, at which point he could either finish his playing career in North London or elsewhere, or move into coaching at the club.

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