Mikel Arteta’s stance on potential departures from Arsenal has undergone a significant shift, particularly regarding Polish defender Jakub Kiwior. Despite initial resistance, recent reports suggest that the Gunners are now open to the possibility of a six-month loan deal for the 23-year-old.
Kiwior, who arrived at Arsenal midway through last season from Spezia, has proven to be a valuable squad option for Arteta. The versatile defender stepped in admirably to cover the absence of William Saliba at centre back last season and has been crucial this season, filling in at left back due to injuries to Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Italian clubs had previously shown interest in Kiwior earlier this month, but Arsenal had rebuffed any attempts to secure his services temporarily. However, it seems that the North London club has reconsidered its position, entertaining the idea of a loan move for the Polish player.
AC Milan, in particular, has emerged as a potential destination for Kiwior, as the Serie A giants find themselves in need of defensive reinforcements. Although initially pursuing Aston Villa’s Clement Lenglet, Milan have turned its attention back to Kiwior following Arsenal’s change of stance.
The injury crisis in Milan’s defensive ranks, which forced coach Stefano Pioli to deploy full back Theo Hernandez in the center of defense, has heightened the club’s urgency to secure defensive reinforcements in the winter transfer window. While Milan’s primary target was Alessandro Buongiorno, Torino’s firm stance against selling him has led the club’s transfer head, Geoffrey Moncada, to explore alternatives.
Recent talks between Milan and Lenglet’s representatives aimed to negotiate a deal for the French defender. However, two major stumbling blocks have emerged: Lenglet’s substantial salary demands and the reluctance of Aston Villa coach Unai Emery to part ways with the Barcelona loanee, effectively ruling out a move for Lenglet this January.
Milan might harbour optimism that the recent events at the Emirates could work to their advantage in a potential bid for Jakub Kiwior.