Spezia manager Luca Gotti admits he is ‘FRUSTRATED’ by Jakub Kiwior’s imminent £17.5m move to Arsenal, as he bemoans having to ‘press the reset button’ at the Serie A strugglers
- Gotti revealed his frustrations despite the club record fee set to be received
- The deal for Kiwior is expected to go through at some point in the next few days
- The defender could be in attendance when Arsenal take on Manchester United
Spezia manager Luca Gotti has admitted his frustration over Jakub Kiwior’s imminent move to Arsenal.
The Poland international is expected to join Mikel Arteta’s title chasers soon in a move worth around £17.5million, and could be in attendance at the Emirates when Arsenal take on Manchester United on Sunday.
Gotti, however, claimed that he ‘cannot be happy with the move’, despite the chance for the player to progress his career and the club record fee set to be received by Spezia.
Spezia’s Luca Gotti has admitted he is ‘frustrated’ by Jakub Kiwior’s imminent departure
The defender is expected to sign for Arsenal in a deal worth around £17.5million next week
He said: ‘I’m very happy for Kiwior and this opportunity he created for himself. It is also the biggest sale in Spezia’s history and I imagine the club is happy with that too.
‘However, I can’t be happy with it. There are coaches who constantly complain and ask for reinforcements – that is not me, but I am often in a situation where my clubs sell at a big profit.’
Kiwior only joined the Serie A side in 2021, signing a four-year deal, but has excelled during his time in Italy.
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is looking to add depth to his side as they chase the Premier League title
Kiwior is a left-sided centre-back that can also play in midfield and will provide good cover
He is a left-sided centre-back that will provide cover for the Gunners in both defence and midfield, and is expected to join up with the squad next week, becoming the club’s second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Leandro Trossard from Brighton.
While Arsenal will be pleased with their business, Gotti admitted the sale was ‘frustrating’, given he has lost one of his key players.
‘It doesn’t mean the players who arrive to replace them are worse, they are merely less ready to deliver.’, he said.
‘It is frustrating for a coach, as when you work to build them up, you then don’t get to enjoy the fruits of your labour, as they are sold and you press the reset button.’
Gotti admitted it is hard having to ‘press the reset button’ when key players leave his team
Spezia are currently 15th in the Serie A table and take on Roma on Sunday as they look to claim their fifth win of the league season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, could be eight points clear at the top of the Premier League come full time in their game against United.
Second place Manchester City face Wolves before the Gunners’ game kicks off, but Pep Guardiola’s side have struggled for form lately in what has been a mixed campaign for the champions.
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