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Jakub Kiwior Arsenal debut disclosed as Edu finalizes second January transfer with £21m deal

Jakub Kiwior Arsenal debut disclosed as Edu finalizes second January transfer with £21m deal

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Jakub Kiwior from Spezia for a fee of £17.5 million, with an additional £3.5 million in add-ons possible. 

The 22-year-old becomes the second signing of the January transfer window, following last week’s acquisition of Leandro Trossard from Brighton.

His contract will be valid until 2027, with an additional year of extension possible. Kiwior has spent the past few seasons in Serie A as a holding midfielder and on the left side of a three-man defense, which could have prompted Mikel Arteta and Edu to sign him.

In addition to being a left-footed alternative to Gabriel Magalhaes, Kiwior can also fill in for Thomas Partey, who would be sorely missed in the event of an injury.

Speaking on his arrival, Arteta said: “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.”

In contrast to the arrival of Leandro Trossard, Arsenal will not encounter a similar problem when registering Kiwior’s participation, as the Gunners’ next game is not until Friday evening against title rivals Manchester City.

The upcoming FA Cup fourth round match at Etihad Stadium will be the first of three meetings between the two clubs in the final five months of the season.

According to the club’s official statement announcing his arrival, Kiwior will join his teammates immediately and will be available for Arteta to select for the match against Pep Guardiola’s squad.

Jakub Kiwior Arsenal debut disclosed as Edu finalizes second January transfer with £21m deal

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