Mikel Arteta is a huge admirer of Chelsea star Jorginho and wanted Arsenal to land the Itay international along with Thomas Partey, according to reports.

The Arsenal manager was keen to strengthen his midfield variants in the last transfer window and the north Londoners managed to complete a £45m deal to sign Thomas from Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners were also targeting Houssem Aouar but were unable to reach a total agreement with Lyon for the highly-rated 22-year-old Frenchman.

Jorginho was also linked with a surprise transfer to the Emirates Stadium in the closing stages of the transfer market as an alternative to Aouar.

But according to The Athletic, the Italo-Brazilain was not regarded as a back-up option to Houssem and the Italy international was the subject of serious interest from the Gunners.

The report claims that the former Napoli man is ‘greatly admired’ by Arteta and the club’s backroom staff.

However, due to their restricted transfer kitty in the summer the Gunners are understood to have wanted an instalment-based deal with the Blues and an agreement could not be reached.

When quizzed about his future last month, Jorginho revealed that talks had taken place over a potential move to the north London.

‘I believe that every player is open to negotiations. So I believe there was something they talked about,’ he told ESPN Brazil

‘And in the end it was decided that I remain here. Now my head is here and we’re going to do a great job with Chelsea, which I always wanted to do.’