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Arteta hails ‘world-class’ Jorginho after Newcastle rout

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Mikel Arteta described Jorginho as world-class after the midfielder produced a mesmerising display in Saturday’s 4-1 rout of Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

Jorginho was brought into Arsenal’s lineup in Arteta’s only change following their midweek Champions League loss to Porto, and he dictated proceedings as the Gunners ran riot.

Sven Botman’s own goal put Arsenal ahead as Newcastle were penned back early on, then Jorginho’s floated pass allowed Gabriel Martinelli to break in behind and tee up Kai Havertz for their second goal.

Bukayo Saka and Jakub Kiwior were also on target in the second half as Arsenal moved within two points of Premier League leaders Liverpool, but it was Jorginho who was singled out for praise following a composed midfield performance.

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Asked whether Jorginho was world-class in his post-match press conference, Arteta said: “He is, certainly. I think individually we were outstanding in the way we played and we raised the bar again.

“He’s a top player, especially when the opponents have certain behaviours or a certain set-up.

“The way I imagined the game, he was going to have a big impact, but you still have to do it at this level. When he’s not playing consistently, credit to him because he was magnificent.”

Arsenal have won six straight Premier League games since the turn of the year, netting a remarkable 25 goals in those matches.

The last four of those wins have come since the Gunners enjoyed a warm-weather training camp in Dubai in January, which Jorginho sees as something of a turning point in their season.

“I think we just kept working hard because in the end, we were creating chances but we maybe weren’t finishing the chances that we were creating,” the Italy international told Arsenal’s website.

“Then something clicked, the connection between the players, with the staff, with the fans. It’s just an amazing feeling, being all together and then things turn your way.

“The atmosphere at the Emirates… it’s just a pleasure to be here. We go out there and we give our best. We work hard and then we are really enjoying this journey together.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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