January 23, (THEWILL) – English Premier League leaders, Arsenal, have confirmed the signing of Jakub Kiwior, a centre-back from Serie A side, Spezia.
The Poland international has signed a long-term contract with the club, who are reported to have paid £22 million for the transfer. Kiwior made 43 appearances for Spezia after joining from Slovakian side, Zilina, in August 2021. He featured 17 times in Serie A this season, ranking joint-third for blocks (18) and fifth for clearances (68) among all defenders in the division.
Additionally, he started all four of Poland’s matches at the 2022 World Cup, helping his side to clean sheets against Mexico and Saudi Arabia. He will primarily provide cover and competition for Gabriel Magalhaes, who has played every minute for Arsenal in the Premier League this season.
Speaking of the signing, Arsenal manager, Mikel 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.”