Arsenal complete £20m Jakub Kiwior signing as Mikel Arteta bolsters title bid with transfer push

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Arsenal have announced the signing of Jakub Kiwior from Spezia.

The Polish defender, who featured in all four of his country’s game at the World Cup in Qatar, signs for an initial £20million.

Mikel Arteta is using the January transfer window to bolster his club’s Premier League title bid and the deal is Arsenal’s second of the month, and quickly follows Leandro Trossard’s arrival from Brighton.

Kiwior, 22, spent time in Anderlecht’s academy before stints with Slovakia’s Zeleziarne Podbrezova and MSK Zilina, who he left to join Serie A club Spezia in 2021.

Sporting director Edu said: “We’re delighted to have completed the signing of Jakub Kiwior. He’s a young talent who we’ve been monitoring for a while now. We are now all looking forward to working with Jakub and seeing his continued development with us. We welcome Jakub to Arsenal.”

Manager Mikel Arteta added: “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.”