Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski has given Arsenal’s latest signing Jakub Kiwior his seal of approval.
The Gunners announced the £22million arrival of the centre-back on Monday from Italian side Spezia.
Kiwior has penned a long-term contract at the Emirates until 2028 with the 22-year-old to provide competition for Gabriel Magalhaes.
A regular in the Poland national team, Kiwior played every minute at the World Cup where his side lost to France in the last-16.
The defender only made his international debut last June where he impressed in the Nations League draw against Netherlands.
And it was a performance that resonated with Poland teammate Lewandowski.
The Barcelona marksman has since labelled Kiwior as ‘extraordinary’ while stating that the youngster has ‘great potential’.
Quoted by Arsenal’s website, Lewandowski said of Kiwior: “Listen to me, this is a real player.
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“I noticed it during the warm-up before the match against the Netherlands.
“In training, it’s very difficult to see certain things.
“Then I saw him in the match, extraordinary. Really great potential.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta lauded Kiwior after the transfer was confirmed, as he stated: “It’s great that Jakub is joining us.
“He’s a young versatile defender who has shown huge potential and qualities with Spezia in Serie A, and also at international level with Poland.
“Jakub is a player who will give us strength and quality to our defensive unit.
“We welcome Jakub and his family to Arsenal and look forward to working with him.”
Kiwior could make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City in Friday’s FA Cup clash away at the Etihad.