ARSENAL star Jorginho has revealed the surprising welcome Granit Xhaka gave him when he joined the club from Chelsea.
The Italian had clashed with the Swiss on a number of occasions during heated battles in London derbies with the Gunners.
Now joining forces at Arsenal, Jorginho has explained how Xhaka put past differences aside and helped him settle in at his new club.
On becoming team-mates, he told beIN Sports: “We had a few fights on the pitch before, but outside the pitch he’s a really nice guy and we have a lot of laughs now.
“I asked him where I could go for dinner, he booked and didn’t let me pay so I was like ‘thank you very much’.”
Jorginho decided to join Arsenal in January after falling out favour at Stamford Bridge following their £300million spending spree.
He had featured for the club 213 times across five seasons, helping them win the Champions League in the 2020/21 season.
The 31-year-old has opened up about wanting to leave Chelsea, telling DAZN how he made his decision.
He also confirmed that Mikel Arteta played a big part in the deal, saying: “He called me and it was all very quick, we made the deal in less than 48 hours.
“I had spoken to Chelsea and I knew I was no longer part of their plans.
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“Sometimes you must accept when you are out of a project, things come to an end.
“I wanted to progress in my career and the Arsenal project suits me, I loved their ideas.”
Jorginho has featured three times for the Gunners so far and will be hoping to get his hands on the Premier League trophy in May.