Arsenal announce signing of defender Jakub Kiwior from Spezia
Arsenal confirm the signing of defender Jakub Kiwior from Spezia.
Arsenal FC have officially unveiled and announced their signing of Polish centre-back Jakub Kiwior from Serie A side Spezia.
The Premier League leaders have agreed to spend almost £20 million to bring Kiwior to the Emirates this month after the 22-year-old made himself a regular in Italy this season.
A move that initially came out of nowhere on Friday has now reached its completion. Kiwior signs on a long-term deal having completed his move from the Serie A side, where he spent one-and-a-half seasons.
The 22-year-old, who has nine Poland caps and was prominent in Qatar, will give stalwart Gabriel Magalhaes, who has started 20 of the Gunners’ 21 competitive games this season, crucial defensive cover.
Kiwior has the versatility that Mikel Arteta loves so highly in his players, as he can also play left-back and even in a holding midfield position.
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Arsenal beat the likes of AC Milan and Juventus to the signature of the Poland international, who becomes the Gunners’ second signing of the window after the recent acquisition of Leandro Trossard from Brighton.
After his official unveiling on Sunday, the 24-year-old will join Arsenal’s charge for their first league title in 19 years, although his debut could potentially come in the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester City on January 27.
Speaking on the new arrival, Arteta said: “It’s great that Jakub is joining us. He’s a young versatile defender who has shown huge potential and qualities with Spezia in Serie A, and also at international level with Poland. Jakub is a player who will give us strength and quality to our defensive unit. We welcome Jakub and his family to Arsenal and look forward to working with him.”
Sporting director Edu added: “We’re delighted to have completed the signing of Jakub Kiwior. He’s a young talent who we’ve been monitoring for a while now. We are now all looking forward to working with Jakub and seeing his continued development with us. We welcome Jakub to Arsenal.”
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