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10 Things You Need to Know About Jakub Kiwior

Arsenal care close to signing Poland defender Jakub Kiwior for £20m

Following the swift acquisition of Leandro Trossard from Brighton, Arsenal is acting in yet another swift fashion to sign Jakub Kiwior from Spezia for a reported £20m. This signing has taken everyone by surprise, and in all honesty, adding another center back to our ranks is a welcome move, because the Gunners have been desperately short in that position all season long.

Without further ado, here are 10 things you need to know about Arsenal’s potential defensive signing, Jakub Kiwior.

He’s Versatile

This season, Kiwior has featured in three main positions for Spezia – center back, left center back and defensive midfield. This shows that Kiwior versatility is one of his strong points, as he was very comfortable playing in these tactical setups for the good of the team. This gives Mikel Arteta a tactical advantage, as he can chose to deploy Kiwior where he sees fit.

He’s a Direct Competition / Replacement for Gabriel Magalhaes

There are three players that have played the most (25 games each) in this campaign – Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes. Gabriel has featured in all 18 Premier League games for Arsenal, as well as one appearance in the FA Cup, a substitute appearance in the Carabao Cup and five of Arsenal’s six group stage games in the Europa League. Yes, he has shown that he’s one hell of a fit lad, but that’s way too much football to play, especially when there was supposed to be cover. Sadly, there has been no left-sided center back at the club, since Pablo Mari was shipped out to Monza.

In Kiwior, Arsenal will have a left-sided center back that will provide direct competition to Gabriel and cover him based on business needs. 

His Passing Stats are very Good

According to WhoScored, Kiwior has a passing accuracy of 85.3 percent, and this season at Spezia, as well as his performances for Poland, has shown that he has a penchant for floating long balls, and sometimes playing out of defense, which is a trait that will bode well for him at Arsenal. He averages 45 passes per game and four long balls per game, which are quite impressive if you ask me.

He has Vast International Experience

Kiwior made his debut for Poland in the 2022 Nations League in a 2-2 draw against the Netherlands, and he featured consistently for his nation. He also played 90 minutes in all Poland’s games at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and will be odds to continue featuring for his nation as long as he’s able.

His Injury Record is Exemplary

Kiwior has only been injured for 22 days in his entire career, and has been an ever-present for Spezia, with 39 appearances so far, including 20 consecutive appearances this season. 

Arsenal Won the Race for His Signature Against Stiff Competition

His impressive performances at Spezia this season caught the eyes of leading Italian outfits like Juventus, AC Milan and Napoli, but Arsenal won the race to sign the center back. It sure feels good to be in the lead to sign a player, especially with what happened with a certain Mykhailo Mudryk. 

He is a Product of the Anderlecht Youth Academy

At 16, Kiwior left his home country, Poland, (was in GKS Tychy’s academy) to continue his footballing education at Anderlecht’s famous youth academy, the same ground that nurtured the likes of Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku, Youri Tielemans, and Arsenal’s own Albert Sambi Lokonga. 

He’s Actually very Good at Defending

Kiwior is 6′ 2″ tall and he uses his frame very efficiently. He is also a great clean tackler of the ball (just one penalty conceded in two years) and is very good in duels. We all know that Mikel Arteta is very upset when he loses a doou-el. According to Sky Sports, Kiwior ranks sixth in the Serie A with 34 headed clearances, fifth in Serie A with 68 clearances completed, 13th in Serie A with 24 interceptions, eighth in Serie A with possession won 57 times in the defensive third and 36th in Serie A with 111 long balls attempted.  

He Fits into Arsenal’s Recruitment Policy

At 23, Kiwior fits the age profile of the kind of players Arsenal has been looking to sign in Arteta’s bid to challenge for trophies and build for the future, so he will fit right in with the lads. 

His Girlfriend is the Twerk Queen of Germany

For those that don’t know, yes, Claudia, the WAG of Jakub Kiwior, is the current Twerk Queen of Germany. 

I can wait to see Kiwior don the famous Red and White of Arsenal, and we will need every player we can get to surge to our first league title in 19 years! Here’s a little YouTube highlight reel to wet your appetite.

Sayonara.

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