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Jakub Kiwior has joined us from Spezia Calcio on a long-term contract.

The 22-year-old Polish international defender, who has made 43 appearances in his season with the Italian side, was part of the national team at the recent FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Jakub spent his youth career at club GKS Tychy and then in Belgium with Anderlecht before moving to Slovakian side FK Zeleziarne Podbrezova as an 18-year-old.

After spending time there, Jakub moved to MSK Zilina, where he made 46 appearances over two seasons with the Slovakian club.

His strong performances resulted in a move to Spezia as a left-sided central defender in August 2021, where he became a regular in the Serie A club’s starting line-up. During his time in Italy, Jakub made his full international debut and has now made nine appearances for Poland.

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Referring to Edu, the director said: “We are happy to have completed the signing of Jakub Kiwior. He’s a young man who we’ve been watching for a while now. We all look forward to working with Jakub and watching his continued development with us. We welcome Jakub Naval to us.”

Manager Mikel Arteta added: “We are delighted that Jakub is joining us. He is a versatile young defender who has shown immense potential and quality with Spezia in Serie A and also internationally with Poland.

“Jakub is a player who will give us strength and quality in the defensive unit. We welcome Jakub and his family to Arsenal and look forward to working with him.”

Jakub will wear the number 15 shirt (Now you can buy a Kiwior shirt) and immediately train with new teammates.

Everyone welcomes Jakub to the club.

The transfer is subject to completion of regular procedures.

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