Jakub Kiwior Arsenal switch: Why Gunners signed Poland defender from Spezia and the way a lot they paid

Arsenal are placing collectively a magical season atop the Premier League on the halfway level of the 2022/23 season, however the Gunners even have one eye to the long run.

Supervisor Mikel Arteta and his sporting director Edu Gaspar are set to make a transfer to accumulate Polish World Cup centre-back Jakub Kiwior from Italian membership Spezia in a transaction that has not been accompanied by a lot fanfare.

Kiwior, 22, provides depth on the central defender place for an Arsenal facet nonetheless occupied on three fronts over the following 4 months: Premier League, Europa League (Spherical of 16), and FA Cup (Spherical of 32).

Gunners supporters will hope that the central defensive partnership of William Saliba and Gabriel can proceed uninterrupted for the remainder of the largest matches. However touchdown Kiwior provides insurance coverage and in addition brings a left-footed centre-back into the fold, among the many most coveted gamers on the switch market.

This is what we learn about when the Kiwior deal might materialize and what expertise he brings to the desk.

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Jakub Kiwior switch price: How a lot did he value Arsenal?

Arsenal is paying a switch price of €25 million (£22m) with add-ons, based on a number of studies, a determine which exceeds a suggestion made by Borussia Dortmund for the participant. As soon as the deal is full, Kiwior will likely be a Gunner via June 2028, when he will likely be turning 28.

This might transform a shrewd piece of enterprise for a left-footed, versatile participant who may also play in midfield. The World Cup expertise and seasoning in Italy’s Serie A at a younger age can have solely helped his growth.

He comes extremely really useful from Polish star Robert Lewandowski himself.

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Jakub Kiwior Arsenal debut

The deal has not but been formally introduced, however based on switch skilled Fabrizio Romano, Kiwior will conduct his medical doctors this weekend with the deal introduced within the coming days.

There’s seemingly going to be a interval of adaptation and familiarity together with his teammates earlier than Arteta throws him into recreation motion. He is anticipated for use as cowl for Gabriel Magalhaes when the beginning centre-back wants a breather given he is performed each Premier League minute to date.

Kiwior ought to have greater than sufficient time to get settled in earlier than the 2 legs of the Europa League Spherical of 16 on March 9 and March 16.

Arteta might ease Kiwior into Premier League motion by giving him a while throughout a match wherein Arsenal has the lead to hand. Or based mostly on what he sees in coaching, Arteta might really feel assured sufficient to throw him in from the beginning of an upcoming match.

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Jakub Kiwior golf equipment

Kiwior left his hometown membership in Poland (GKS Tichy) to hitch Belgium facet Anderlecht, the place he performed of their youth ranks (2016/17 to 2018/19).

Then he obtained expertise with two golf equipment within the Slovakian league, making his mark with MSK Zilina (2019/20 to 2020/21) and finally incomes a €2.2m switch to Italian Serie A facet Spezia and turning into a right away starter.

In his first season in Italy (2021/22) he performed primarily in central midfield, shifting full-time to centre-back throughout the present marketing campaign.

At 22 he already has 9 caps for Poland, together with beginning all 4 matches on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

That have collectively together with his measurement, ability, and flexibility ought to make him a helpful addition to the Arsenal squad.

Arsenal winter switch window signings

Kiwior would symbolize the second signing of the January window for Arsenal after the £21 million shelled out for Brighton ahead Leandro Trossard.

These are two depth items for a Gunners facet with a shock lead atop the Premier League at midseason.

Ukrainian star Mykhailo Mudryk would’ve been the signing that would have taken them excessive of their title bid, however they had been overwhelmed to his signature by London rivals Chelsea. Mudryk appeared each bit the distinction maker from his first Premier League minutes for the Blues.

Arteta has been lucky to have the ability to choose a reasonably constant beginning XI all through the season up to now with solely 10 of his 25 squad gamers seeing over 1,000 minutes from the 1,620 performed within the Premier League via January 21.

The Spanish supervisor has been capable of reap the benefits of a comparatively injury-free run with solely ahead Gabriel Jesus lacking an prolonged time, with Eddie Nketiah competently filling in.

However Arteta is leaving nothing to probability and the newest studies point out he and his sporting director are pushing for 2 Spanish gamers in La Liga: Actual Valladolid right-back Ivan Fresneda and defensive midfielder and centre-back martin zubimendi (23). There have additionally been studies on a possible mortgage for Actual Madrid’s eduardo camavingawho’s not stood out for the European champions.

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Arsenal squad, defenders 2022/23

Arsenal are navigating three competitions with a 25-man squad which incorporates the current addition of Leandro Trossard. Just a few extra high quality names would give Arteta choices from week to week.

Goalkeepers (2): Aaron RamsdaleMatt Turner

Defenders (8): Rob Holding (CB), Gabriel Magalhaes (CB), William Saliba (CB), Cedric Soares (RB), Kieran Tierney (LB), Takehiro Tomiyasu (RB), Ben White (RB/CB), Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB)

Midfielders (8): Mohamed Elneny (CDM), Ethan Nwaneri (CAM), Martin Odegaard (CAM), Thomas Partey (CDM), Albert Sambi Lokonga (CM), Emile Smith Rowe (MF/LW/RW), Fabio Vieira (CAM), Granit Xhaka (CM)

Forwards (7): Gabriel Jesus (ST) Marquinhos (RW), Gabriel Martinelli (LW), Reiss Nelson (RW), Eddie Nketiah (ST), Bukayo Saka (RW), Leandro Trossard (LW/RW)

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