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Roma and AC Milan keen on signing Arsenal centre-back in January

With the January transfer window approaching, Arsenal have some big decisions to make on a few key players.

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Jakub Kiwior joined Arsenal last January from Italian side, Speiza Calcio for a fee of £20million. The Polish centre-back has gone on to make 13 appearances for the Gunners since then, most notably when William Saliba got injured in February and Rob Holding dropped out of the side last season.

Jakub Kiwior put in two very impressive performances against Chelsea and Newcastle United towards the end of Arsenal’s 2022/23 Premier League campaign which showed everyone why Mikel Arteta wanted to bring him in mid-way through the season.

Them impressive performances have attracted interest from many big clubs around Europe with AS Roma and AC Milan looking closely at Jakub Kiwior ahead of the January transfer window.

AC Milan are keen on signing a centre-back in January following a recent injury crisis in their defence; they currently only have Fikayo Tomori and Malick Thiaw fit at centre-back, while Pierre Kalulu and Simon Kjaer are among the major absentees.

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Mikel Arteta made a decision to block Jakub Kiwior from leaving North London during the last summer transfer window, but it currently remains to be seen whether the Arsenal manager would do the same in January, with Kiwior seen currently as the perfect back-up option.

William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes are Arsenal’s preferred centre-back pairing with Jakub Kiwior seen as a great option to provide quality in depth, with the player also able to operate at left-back as well.

The defender has said recently he’s willing to be patient for opportunities to play at such a big club which is clearly why the Arsenal manager was so desperate to keep him at the club for this season.

Jakub Kiwior: “If I start a match on the bench, I’m always prepared to go and play. I’m prepared for the team and for the coach to do my best. I think that everybody within the team has a very good relationship with the coach, the same as me.”

It’s unlikely Arsenal will let Jakub Kiwior leave in January with Mikel Arteta a big fan of the player, however he’s certainly not untouchable so it could depend on how much AS Roma or AC Milan really want to sign him.

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