Kiwior Arrives to Add Depth to Arsenal’s Defense
While Eddie Nketiah was busy earning a cult hero status following his performance in the 3-2 win against Manchester United, there was a moment when the Emirates Stadium camera crew lit the screens with a shot of Jakub Kiwior and his world famous Twerk Queen of Germany girlfriend, Claudia.
He must have enjoyed his first glimpse of his future club, as Arsenal has wasted no time in announcing their second signing of the January transfer window, with Kiwior arriving from Serie A outfit, Spezia. The Polish defender featured consistently for the Serie A side this season, notching up 17 appearances in the League, as well as all Poland’s games in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
I’ve touched on 10 things you need to know about the defender, but my biggest delight of having Kiwior join the team is the fact that he will add some much needed depth to the Arsenal defense. Gabriel and William Saliba have been synonymous with first team action this campaign and have forged quite a formidable partnership, but beyond them, Mikel Arteta has only Rob Holding to call on. Yes, the Englishman has been a model professional, doing his bit to support the team when called into action with limited minutes, but his defending sometimes leaves a lot to be desired, so it’s actually good to get an upgrade on him.
Kiwior will not be expected to walk into the first team, but his presence and availability will allow Arteta to manage Gabriel’s minutes as he has featured the most, across four different competitions, this season. Yes, the Brazilian is one hell of a fit dude, and the disappointment of not getting a national team call up in November allowed him get some deserved rest as well as recharge those agile batteries, but now, in Kiwior, the Gunners have another dependable defender they can count on.
Head coach, Arteta, was also very excited at the prospect of playing Kiwior in his team,
“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.”
It’s also worth noting that Kiwior is very adept playing as a defensive midfielder, so he can even potentially get a shot ahead of the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga, a player he would be familiar with from their early days at the Anderlecht academy together.
Kiwior will wear the #15 jersey and we look forward to watching him strut his stuff at the Emirates.
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