Arsenal midfielder Jorginho underlined how the squad have to ‘keep our feet on the ground’ as they fight for the Premier League title this season.
The Gunners were brutally close to winning their first league title in decades last season but ultimately ran out of steam in the business end of the season, allowing Manchester City to pip them to the trophy with a five-point lead.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are looking to go one step further this season but are already on the back foot, being two points behind Pep Guardiola’s well-oiled machine after five games.
Speaking to Gianluca Di Marzio, Jorginho first reflected on Arsenal’s start to the new season.
“We need to continue working on the path we have taken. There is a lot of room for improvement, but I think we are on the right path.”
He touched on his brief cameo appearances for the Gunners, having made three substitute appearances so far this term.
“If you look at all the teams I’ve been to, I’ve always had to fight to carve out my space. Ever since Sambonifacese when I went on loan to Serie C2 , then I returned to Verona and I didn’t even play there for a month.
“Only at the beginning with Chelsea, I was a starter because I had already done a job in Naples. But even at Napoli when Sarri arrived, I wasn’t the first choice. I like challenges and I’m ready for this too. The most important thing in the end is the team.
“You live it in a calmer way because you make choices with more peace of mind in your head. This includes how you react to certain difficulties, to certain moments.
“You know that when you want to play in a certain way and things don’t go the way you want, you take it differently. These years of my career have always helped me.”
The 31-year-old touched on Arsenal’s fight for the Premier League title this season.
“We’re only at the beginning of the season, there’s a lot to do and it’s never easy. But as I said first, we are on the right path and we have to keep our feet on the ground and work very hard because it is not easy, nothing is easy. We will see in the end where we can get but we have a good chance.”
Finally, Jorginho underlined his desire to contribute to Arteta’s squad.
“Absolutely yes, like all the players. We have a good, or rather a very good, squad and everyone will have their moment to give their contribution to the team.”