I’m a Champions League winner but there’s no way I’m knocking on Arteta’s door asking to play despite Arsenal axe

ARSENAL midfielder Jorginho will not knock on manager Mikel Arteta’s door despite his lack of playing time.

The Italian, 31, has yet to start in the Premier League this term, having slipped down the pecking order following the arrival of Declan Rice in the summer.

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Jorginho’s career peaked in 2021, winning both the Champions League at Chelsea and the Euros with Italy — and he came third in the Ballon d’Or.

Yet he has played a bit-part for club and country since.

But instead of asking for explanations the frozen-out star aims to “do the talking on the pitch”.

He said: “I have a very good relationship with Mikel. He doesn’t need to explain anything to me.

“All I need to do is stay calm, work hard every day and show him that I’m ready to play.

“For me knocking on the manager’s door has never been the right thing to do. I have always done the talking on the pitch, chattering has never been my thing.

“I feel good and I am happy at Arsenal but it’s obvious that every player wants to play.”

Brazil-born Jorginho left his homeland for Italy aged 15 but had to “sweat” to hit the big time as a professional.

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He added: “If you look back on the all the teams I played for, I always had to fight to get my place.

“Nothing has ever been gifted to me, I had to sweat a lot. I always had to work my socks off, you know?

“The club’s project is to keep growing and the recent transfer window proved it.

“At the end of the day, what counts is that Arsenal are collecting points and that the team is doing well.”

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