Let’s begin with the information that Arsenal dropped yesterday night – the official announcement that we’ve signed Polish centre-half Jakub Kiwior from Spezia. The 22 12 months outdated’s arrival shouldn’t be a shock at this level. It was extensively reported over the weekend and he was on the stadium to observe the 3-2 win over Man United on Sunday night.
Nevertheless, till these stories no one had – so far as I’m conscious not less than – linked us with this participant. Not fairly a Fabio Vieira stage out-of-the-bluer, however a reminder that we are able to fly beneath the radar slightly bit with our recruitment. Clearly issues just like the Mudryk scenario performed out within the full public glare, however let’s recognise that was totally right down to Shakhtar and the way in which they handled it. It wasn’t as if Edu appeared on the six o’clock information sporting a I ❤️ Mudryk t-shirt.
So, what do we all know in regards to the new lad? Nicely, Phil Costa’s profile piece gives you a superb background on his profession and his attributes. In brief although, there are parts to his recreation which instantly stand out as appropriate with Arsenal. His passing, how comfy he’s on the ball, and a few actual bodily presence. We is probably not the largest workforce round, however we’re way more imposing than we have been. Our assortment of barely 6′ defenders has been changed by gamers like Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel and William Saliba. Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey add that in midfield. Even the physical development of someone like Eddie Nketiah is notable, and Kiwior will add to that.
Like several 22 12 months outdated with comparatively restricted expertise on the prime stage, there are issues he can enhance on. It’s usually powerful to correctly decide a participant who’s in a workforce that struggles. Hazard can result in desperation, regardless of one of the best intentions of a defender, however clearly Edu and Mikel Arteta have seen sufficient to tug the set off, backing the flexibility of the supervisor and his teaching workers to shine him up (no pun meant).
He has 9 caps for Poland, making his debut final 12 months, and he began all 4 video games for them within the World Cup. It seems like he’s on the fitting path, and Arsenal shifting for a participant like this earlier than he has one other 12 months or two to bolster his repute is smart. It’s not fully dissimilar from the seize of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille who arrived at 22, nonetheless actually younger within the lifetime of a centre-half. Since then he’s grown right into a high-quality defender, one in all our most constant gamers each when it comes to efficiency and availability, so let’s hope for a similar sort of trajectory for Kiwior. His versatility is one other attention-grabbing facet to this signing, and it’s been a function of lots of our new arrivals within the final couple of years.
Anyway, Kiwior says:
“I’ve at all times dreamt of enjoying within the Premier League. I knew it wouldn’t be simple, and if I acquired the prospect, then I knew I’d need to profit from it as a result of it was one in all my largest desires. For me, it’s one of the best league. I’m thrilled to be right here.
“It’s large for me that Arsenal have been and that I’m in a position to be right here. I’m conscious that Arsenal are an enormous membership in a prime league, so I didn’t actually have to consider a lot else. I used to be simply ecstatic and actually wished to come back.
“I like passing the ball. I like groups that transfer the ball and attempt to create probabilities that approach. So, I’m completely satisfied that I’ve come to a workforce like that.”
How shortly he can settle in and be prepared stays to be seen, however as we head into what’s going to be a busy time with soccer all the way in which till the top of Might – and hopefully throughout a number of competitions – having that further depth within the squad might be vital. There are probably one other 32 video games to play this season (unlikely however doable), so the extra palms on deck the higher.
Welcome to the Arsenal, Jakub. Knock ’em useless.
Elsewhere, I’m slightly disgruntled that Everton have sacked Frank Lampard. I noticed quite a lot of United and Metropolis followers moaning that we didn’t play in midweek final week, which was a little bit of a shock when our residence recreation towards the Toffees stays unscheduled. On the one hand, I perceive their gripes. On the opposite, I feel when you’d requested Mikel Arteta if he’d favor a free week or to play at residence towards this shambles of a soccer workforce with its dead-man-walking supervisor, I’m nearly sure he’d have picked the latter.
Clearly it’s no shock he acquired canned. Everton are genuinely horrible and except they did one thing relegation was a really actual chance. It nonetheless is, however perhaps they’ll kind it out a bit. On The 30 over on Patreon, we mentioned the potential for Sean Dyche returning to administration there, it might make quite a lot of sense within the circumstances, however for Arsenal we’ve been denied a go at Lampard’s Limp Losers, which is a little bit of a disgrace.
It’s additionally fairly attention-grabbing to think about the place we are actually, after so a few years of boardroom chilly conflict, to see at what a membership ‘owned’ by Alisher Usmanov looks like.
Proper, let’s go away it there for now. Have a superb Tuesday.