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Jorginho feels that Arsenal's disappointment in missing out on the title last season, as well as their experience of simply being involved in the race, will put them in good stead this time around as they battle Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League crown. The Italian midfielder also discusses what motivated him to learn sign language.

Arsenal midfielder Jorginho believes the experience of missing out on the Premier League title last season could actually help the Gunners in pursuit of glory this season.

Despite leading the table for an impressive 248 days of the campaign last time out, Arsenal faltered in the final months and ultimately finished second to treble-winning Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta's side are in the hunt once again this time around and with eight matches to play, sit second, two points behind leaders Liverpool.

The Gunners have propelled themselves into the title picture with a run of nine wins in their last 10 matches, with their only dropped points coming in a recent hard-fought draw at City.

Jorginho, speaking to TNT Sports 'Sign Up - Into Football', where he also discussed learning British Sign Language (BSL), said his team-mates can use current form and the motivation of last season to get over the line this time around.

"We need to keep doing what we are doing because we truly believe we are in the right path, and we just need to keep pushing because it’s the right thing to do," said the 32-year-old.

"I think the experience we had last season, in different matches, and the group working together another year - it’s another year of experience. We learned a lot from last season, in games and managing certain things during games.

The Italy international also had words of praise for manager Arteta, stating: "I think [his biggest strength] how much he works on details, and of course his passion, and how much he cares about everyone, the club and trying to make everyone better."

Jorginho joined Arsenal in January of 2023 after a successful spell at London rivals Chelsea, who he helped to Champions League success in 2021.

The midfielder was also part of the Italy squad who won the European Championships that same year, leading him to being nominated for the Ballon d'Or.

Jorginho revealed that this prompted him to learn BSL as preparation, in case he would need to make a speech to reach the widest possible audience.

As the only known player to have learned sign language, Jorginho has earned the plaudits of the deaf community.

His studies have also led to him featuring in a matchday video at Arsenal, welcoming fans in BSL, something he is extremely proud of.

"So it started when I was in the awards for the Ballon d'Or," he revealed. "And my agent to be fair, he came with this idea. He was like, 'we don’t know what’s going to happen, but IF it happens, I think you could do something special, you know? Something that nobody has ever done before.'

"And it started from there, about a speech, if it would be an award, and I said, 'Oh okay, that’s cool, I never thought about it' and then I thought, 'Yes! Let's do it!' and then I started my lessons.

"I started learning more about the community and the difficulties they have and it really touched me.

"I felt I could try and help somehow, so that’s why I started learning, and I felt good because I love learning, and I found it quite fun as well to learn something different."

He also added that recognition from the deaf community "just motivates more to learn more and push to try and involve them even more, and help more. I feel really grateful".

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