Arsenal’s reported January target Jorginho suggests Wenger is identifying the wrong player

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

According to a report in The Sun, Arsenal are interested in bringing in Napoli midfielder Jorginho during the January transfer window and recently sent scouts to watch him in action.

The Brazilian-born Italian, 23, is predominantly a holding midfielder and has so far made seven Serie A starts for the club this season with a further three appearances coming off the bench.

Jorginho is undoubtedly a talented player, possessing wonderful ball control and a fabulous range of passing – maintaining an average 89.6% pass accuracy this season.

However, is he an ideal candidate to join the Gunners this summer? Arguably not.

Many Premier League observers cursed Arsene Wenger’s decision not to bring in a holding midfielder during the summer, highlighting their lack of defensive options beyond Francis Coquelin.

Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta arguably are not the most reliable of players and should Coquelin pick up a lengthy injury or suspension, Arsenal could find themselves in trouble.

Acquiring a holding midfielder in January would most certainly be an astute decision by Wenger, yet it has to be a defensive-minded player rather than a creative one.

Jorginho is very much a Santi Cazorla type, a dictator in the middle. He averages 1.9 tackles and two interceptions per league match, whereas Coquelin averages 3.1 tackles and 2.9 interceptions per match.

Arsenal have in Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey players who could fill the Cazorla role in the middle if needs be, yet they don’t quite have anyone good enough to replace Coquelin.

Wenger currently has all the tools necessary to win the title, but looking at his squad, without additions in key areas only by keeping his key players fit over the course of the campaign can this be possible.

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