Arsenal make first January transfer decision as £20m Mikel Arteta and Edu stance revealed


Arsenal have made their stance on letting Jakub Kiwior depart in the January transfer window perfectly clear, according to reports. After purchasing the Poland international from Serie A side Spezia, interest from Italy has emerged in the last few weeks amid minimal game time in defence.

Alongside Leandro Trossard and Jorginho, Kiwior was signed by Arsenal earlier this year in January in a deal costing £20million before he went on to form a strong partnership with Gabriel Magalhaes in the final weeks of the season following the back injury suffered by William Saliba.

In this campaign, Kiwior has started four games, two in the Carabao Cup and two in the Premier League with six minutes to his name across two Champions League cameos. However, the limited minutes is unlikely to tempt Kiwior into an early exit, judging by his comments on competition for places earlier this season.

"We have excellent players here," Kiwior admitted to Sky Sports. "The level of competition is very high. But I'm happy that I am able to compete with such good players. Even if I'm not selected in the starting line-up, I'm trying my best. I'm happy whenever I'm able to help the team, so I don't perceive the competition as something bad."

A report from TMW claims that both AC Milan and Roma are keeping tabs on the centre-back over the possibility of landing him in the coming weeks. However, for the Gunners it will likely be a straightforward decision, especially with the absence Jurrien Timber because of injury along with Asia Cup participation for Takehiro Tomiyasu.

As per Calciomercato, amid interest from two of Italy's biggest clubs, Arsenal consider Kiwior "untransferable". The recent injury suffered by Ben White is further proof that keeping Kiwior for the foreseeable is absolutely the right decision especially with White's full injury status unknown after he missed the 3-1 win over Burnley.

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"Yesterday (Friday) in training he wasn’t comfortable," Arteta admitted after the game on Saturday. "He didn’t look right. But Ben won’t give you much. He always wants to be on the pitch and he wants to hide anything that is in there. But we highlighted something happening there that we noticed in the last two weeks as well.

"We wanted to protect him today. It was the right call from the physios and the medical department and tomorrow we will assess him and understand what’s happening."

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