A lot was made about how our January transfer window would cost us in the title race.
First we missed out on Mikhaylo Mudryk to Chelsea, and then failed to get a deal for Moises Caciedo over the line.
In their place, we signed Leandro Trosssard and Jorginho. The latter of which led to a lot of criticism aimed towards Edu.
In the 1-nil win away to Leicester City, both men not only started? But stared.
Trossard was the best player on the pitch, playing down the middle in the absence of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah.
Jorginho, meanwhile, kept things ticking over nicely in midfield. No player made more passes.
When the deals for Mudryk and Caciedo broke down, Edu went for tried and tested Premier League stars. He added experience to a young, hungry squad.
In the long run, Mudryk will probably reach higher heights in his career than Trossard has done. Likewise Caicedo might be better than Jorginho will ever be for Arsenal.
But here and now? Today. Yesterday. Last week at Aston Villa. Trossard and Jorginho are proving to be the right men for the job.
Thomas Partey has been out injured for the last two games, and up stepped Jorginho. Putting in the type of performances that saw him named the 3rd best player in the world in 2021.
Had we not signed the Brazilian Italian, we probably would have had Albert Sambi Lokonga playing at the base of the midfield. And I’d be surprised if we’d have won the last two away games.
Jorginho also brings a wealth of winning experience with him.
For many of our players, this is the first time they have been in a title race. But adding Jorginho to Jesus, Zinchenko and Partey adds to our top league winning experience.
Trossard has also previously been a league winner – for Genk in Belgium – whilst Tierney, Xhaka and Fabio Vieira have also tasted being champions of their country. And let’s not forget Mo Elneny with his 4 league titles!
We are chasing the league title, and Trossard and Jorginho have been able to make an instant impact.
They might not have been the men fans wanted. They certainly were not the first choices for Edu. But they are turning into the right choices.
And if we win the league this year, Trossard and Jorginho would’ve have played their part.