Arsenal have announced the signing of 22-year-old Jakub Kiwior from Spezia Calcio in Italy.

kiwior signsIn today’s digital world, it is a rare thing to find a transfer nobody knows about but that’s where we found ourselves on Friday when it was reported Arsenal were close to signing Jakub Kiwior on a long-term deal, believed to be to 2028.

Now, the club have confirmed the deal for the 22-year-old who has made 39 Serie A appearances.

Speaking to the official Arsenal website, Mikel Arteta said, “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”.

Edu, meanwhile, added, “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.”.

Kiwior played for MSK Zilina before his move to Italy, scoring four and assisting seven in 61 appearances, which is quite the record for a central defender.

A full Polish international, Kiwior has nine caps. His international teammate, Robert Lewandowski, said of the defender during the World Cup, “The guy has great potential.

“During the warm-up of the game with the Netherlands, I thought, “Who is this guy?”. Then, during the match, I realised that he is extraordinary.”

Arsenal are believed to have paid around £17.5m to sign Kiwior with his contract running until 2028.