Mikel Arteta gets ‘massive’ Sheff Utd boost as £43m ace says ‘I want Arsenal’ transfer

A round-up of the latest Arsenal news as Mikel Arteta gets a ‘massive’ injury boost for Monday night’s trip to Sheffield United but Jurrien Timber is ‘not close’ to his return.

Malen admits ‘I want’ to return to Arsenal as Borussia Dortmund mull his transfer

Borussia Dortmund forward Donyell Malen has admitted he wants to return to Arsenal after failing to break through in his youth. The 25-year-old spent two years in the academy squad in north London from 2017 to 2019 but departed for PSV Eindhoven without a single outing.
Malen only ever turned out at the youth level for Arsenal with games for their Under-18, 19 and 21 sides. He initially moved to England to further the Dutchman’s career after a spell at AFC Ajax. But his career took off after joining PSV, who later sold Malen to BVB in July 2021.
Life in the Bundesliga was initially tough for the Wieringen native with five goals in 27 games in his debut season. But he hit home nine in 26 last term, and already has 10 in 21 this term. Yet Bild claims Borussia Dortmund are considering having to sell Malen in the summer sales.
Westfalenstadion sporting director Sebastien Kehl feels BVB must sell to raise urgent cash this summer. So, they will consider selling Malen for €40-50m (£34-43m), right as he admits the Borussia Dortmund star wants to return to Arsenal and finish the job he started as a kid.

Malen has told Voetbalzone: “I think because I played in England as a youth, and then it is a dream to play in the Premier League. I think that is a beautiful dream.

“I went to Arsenal so yes, them, I want Arsenal, my favourite club. Yes [I would like to return to the Gunners]. I played there in my youth, I really wanted to break through there. So, yes.”
Read more about what Malen has said about wanting to return to Arsenal, here.

Arsenal’s medical staff are ‘really happy’ with Timber during his injury rehabilitation

Arsenal manager Arteta says the medical staff at London Colney are ‘really happy’ with how Timber has responded to his ACL injury. The 22-year-old sustained the blow just 50 minutes into his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest last August after joining from Ajax.

Timber required surgery for his injury which threatened to keep the 15-cap Netherlands ace out for the season. But while he is not close to returning when Arsenal visit Sheffield United next Monday, Timber did take part in contact training at Emirates Stadium this Wednesday.

The versatile defender joined the rest of the Gunners’ first-team squad for a training session at Emirates Stadium. But Arteta states that Arsenal are eager to play his return with caution, even if Timber is now tracking in the right direction to return from his ACL injury this season.
Jurrien is not close enough to be part of the squad on Monday,” Arteta said during his press conference on Thursday. “It’s been a joy, and all the physios and the medical staff are really happy with his attitude and his commitment, especially with the way things have gone.

“It’s not a coincidence the way he applies [himself], how determined he is, his willingness to put every effort in everything that he’s demanded to do and he’s in a really good place.

“Now, we have to manage [him] because it’s the last stage of that difficult injury that is complicated. But I think he’s on the right way.”

Read more about what Arsenal boss Arteta has had to say about Timber’s injury, here.
One player Arteta could welcome back to the Arsenal line-up at Sheffield United on Monday night may be Gabriel Jesus. The 26-year-old only took a seat on their bench as the Gunners stunned Newcastle United 4-1 last Saturday to return from an aggravation to his knee injury.

Jesus has suffered frequent problems with his knee since sustaining ligament damage at the 2022 Qatar World Cup for Brazil. He missed the start of the 2023/24 season having needed a second operation after reporting discomfort. It also troubled Jesus again in January 2024.

His latest spell on the sidelines only lasted three Premier League matches, plus the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat at Porto in the Champions League tie. But Arteta believes Jesus can start against Sheffield United, although he still questions how long the striker could lead Arsenal’s attack.
Well, he’s fit enough,” Arteta noted during his press conference on Thursday. “But knowing how long he will last is something different probably. But we didn’t want to take any risks after the result that we had against Newcastle.

“Obviously, we need him fit. He’s a massive player for us and we want to make sure that we load the players in the right way.”

Read more about what Arsenal boss Arteta has had to say about Jesus’ injury, here.

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