Arsenal could reportedly allow Jakub Kiwior to leave the club on loan in the January transfer window so he can get regular first-team minutes.
The Gunners signed the Polish international midway through the 2022/23 season in a £20m deal from Spezia. He was an unknown commodity to many, but his profile was one Mikel Arteta believed aligned with what he wanted in a defender.
After Rob Holding struggled to fill William Saliba’s void, Kiwior was given a starting berth alongside Gabriel at centre-back and largely performed well down the stretch. However, his minutes have been limited at the start of the new season with Saliba returning. The Pole has made just four Premier League appearances – two of which lasted just a minute.
Arsenal willing to let Jakub Kiwior leave on loan
Kiwior spoke before the season of his desire to break into Arteta’s strongest XI, but the performances of Saliba and Gabriel mean the 23-year-old isn’t getting much of a look in. The left-footed centre-back was utilised in aninverted left-back position in pre-season and has also made a Premier League start at left-back this season.
This versatility is appreciated by the boss, and Arsenal aren’t said to be desperately keen to move him on. However, they would be open to letting Kiwior leave on loan this winter so he can play regularly for the remainder of the season.
90min writes that several Serie A clubs, where he used to ply his trade, would be interested in acquiring the Kiwior on a temporary basis. Milan, Roma, and Atalanta have been linked with a move for the defender.
Despite this supposed interest and Arsenal’s openness, I’d be surprised if the Gunners did sanction a move for Kiwior this winter given what happened last season. While Arsenal should be bolstered by the return of Jurrien Timber in the new year, the Gunners can’t rely upon the Dutchman to find his feet right away after such a lengthy absence.
Letting Kiwior, who’s proven his competence in north London, leave in January would be a risk.