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Jakub Kiwior explains what it means to prepare under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

The 23-year-old Polish international has settled well to life in north London after his arrival from Spezia, with big things expected from the former RSC Anderlecht academy product


Polish international defender Jakub Kiwior made what could be a career-defining move to Premier League runner-up Arsenal from Spezia Calcio during the January transfer window in what was another shrewd piece of business conducted by Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar.

The 23-year-old already has shown signs of settling well into life in north London after his arrival from Serie A, while already appearing to have earned the trust of the Gunners’ Spanish tactician after being called upon to start in each of the final five matches of the domestic campaign while also bagging his first goal for the club on the final day of action in a 5-0 thrashing of Wolves at the Emirates.

Recently speaking with Polish outlet Meczyki, Kiwior recently shed light on what on the level of preparedness Arteta demands from his players and how it has differed from his previous experience, including coming through the academy ranks at Belgian giant RSC Anderlecht.

“I was surprised by everything. I’m not talking about training anymore, but also about the approach of coach Arteta. He’s trying to prepare us before the game, not with talk, but with an idea. He’ll always come up with something. We often come to the locker room and wonder: I wonder what now?”

“Before the away game against Manchester City, we had a briefing at the hotel, and there the pitch was drawn on the floor...with tapes. Plus monitors. And we had to position ourselves adequately to the situation. It surprised me, it was the first time I encountered something like this, but it was great. You knew everything what and how.”

That same attention to detail has been a hallmark of the young manager during his rise to prominence on the managerial landscape after taking the reins at Arsenal while replacing now Aston Villa boss Unai Emery.

As the Gunners move through the current summer transfer window, that ability to prepare has once again come to the fore as Arteta and Edu remain on the trail of specifically targeted players that could once again move the needle for the club on the pitch.


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Andrew Thompson

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