Jakub Kiwior has admitted that seeing his name on the back of our famous red and white shirt is the “pinnacle” of his career so far.
The 22-year-old arrived from Spezia as our second capture of this transfer window following last week’s arrival of Leandro Trossard, and after a whirlwind few days, he feels it is slowly beginning to sink in that he is the latest member of our first-team squad, and his dreams are coming true.
Speaking exclusively to Arsenal.com, he said: “When I saw my name on an Arsenal shirt for the first time, I just laughed! I was so happy to see my name on the shirt of such a huge club. For me, it’s an incredibly happy moment and the pinnacle to play for such a big club.
“I’ve always dreamt of playing in the Premier League. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, and if I got the chance, then I knew I’d have to make the most of it because it was one of my biggest dreams. For me, it’s the best league. I’m thrilled to be here.
“It’s huge for me that Arsenal were interested and that I’m able to be here. I’m aware that Arsenal are a massive club in a top league, so I didn’t really have to think about much else. I was just ecstatic and really wanted to come.
“I love passing the ball. I like teams that move the ball and try to create chances that way. So, I’m happy that I’ve come to a team like that.”
The nine-time capped Polish international was a member of their 2022 World Cup squad alongside two former Gunners in Wojciech Szczesny and Krystian Bielik, and he is keen to chat to the duo about what he can expect from his time in north London now the move is complete.
“I remember when Wojciech Szczesny and Krystian Bielik played here,” he added. “I haven’t had a chance to speak to Wojciech yet - we’ll definitely have a chat when we meet up for international duty.
“I got a message from Krystian straight away congratulating me. That was nice, plus he told me to text him if I had any problems or anything like that. I’m really happy to get such a positive reaction right away.”
Jakub was in the stands yesterday watching on as we beat Manchester United to remain five points clear at the top of the table, and he can’t wait to get out onto the hallowed turf to play his part in a huge second half of the season.
“I had the chance to be at the stadium for the first time yesterday and to support the team from the stands like a fan,” he said. “It was a great experience. I was really happy that the result went in Arsenal’s favour. I hope I’ll get a taste of what the stadium is like from the pitch soon.”
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