Arsenal Confirm Jakub Kiwior Arrival As Edu Given £25m Midfield Opportunity

Arsenal have confirmed their second January signing with the transfer of Jakub Kiwior from Spezia for a fee in the region of £21million.

The Polish international arrives for an initial fee of £17.5million with a potential further £3.5million in add ons. His contract will last until 2027 with the option to extend for a further year.

Signing Kiwior makes perfect sense for Arsenal considering first-choice centre-halves Gabriel and William Saliba have started all 19 league matches this term, something that could potentially lead to burnout in the latter stages of the campaign.

The 22-year-old, who started all four of Poland's World Cup fixtures, is also capable of playing left-back and as a holding midfielder.

The talented defender played 17 Serie A matches during the first half of Spezia's 2022/23 campaign, averaging an impressive 1.62 blocks, 1.5 interceptions and 1.37 tackles per 90 minutes this term, as per fbref.

Arsenal may have an answer to their ongoing demand for new midfielders. Having spent a large portion of the summer chasing Youri Tielemans they moved onto Douglas Luiz at Aston Villa late on before heading into the season with Thomas Partey as their main defensive midfielder, supported by Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga.