Jorginho has extended his Arsenal contract in news that could have an impact on the Gunners’ summer transfer business, with rumours about Frenkie de Jong and Thomas Partey’s future

Keeping Jorginho has been a priority for Arsenal for some time now. The Gunners indicated months ago that they intended to offer the Italian a fresh contract rather than simply extending his initial one as a gesture of how highly he is valued within the club.

Jorginho was not exactly the most popular arrival when he signed on deadline day in January 2023, but he has gone on to prove almost every one of his doubters wrong. It is not just that the 32-year-old has been superb on the pitch in huge matches such as February’s win over Liverpool; it is also the influence he has off it. In a squad of young players, Jorginho’s is a respected voice in the changing room, while his upbeat attitude is appreciated by Mikel Arteta.

“He’s a top player,” the Spaniard said in February. “When we imagined what he could bring to the team, he’s doing exactly that and maybe even better.”

While Jorginho’s deal is something Arsenal are glad to have got over the line, it does have an impact on the business they’re likely to do this summer.

When it comes to the defensive midfield position, Arsenal have been looking towards the future for a player who can provide competition and cover for Declan Rice. The fact that Jorginho has only been given a short term contract suggests that is still the case. It’s understands that they have looked at Martin Zubimendi in this position, while Frenkie De Jong has been linked. Douglas Luiz and Bruno Guimaraes have also been considered in the midfield positions, but as it stands a deal for either looks unlikely.

Whether Arsenal look to address the position in the window could well depend on who leaves the club. Mohamed Elneny is out of contract this summer, while Albert Sambi Lokonga is expected to leave despite a positive loan spell with Luton.

Thomas Partey’s future is a little more uncertain. The Ghanaian has one year left on his deal this summer, and is unlikely to be offered a new one. Arsenal will listen to offers for him as they did last summer, and there are rumours of interest from Saudi Arabia. Arteta is still a fan of the player though, and if no suitable offer came in, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him stay.

Arsenal’s priority this summer is likely to be a forward player. Decision makers at the club have acknowledged that they will need a more clinical presence to bolster their chances of Premier League and Champions League success. Despite Jorginho’s contract extension, midfield could a busy area of the pitch too.