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What Jurrien Timber has done to leave Arsenal staff and Arteta really ‘impressed’

Arsenal summer signing Jurrien Timber recently returned to training after a long injury layoff, and will hope to feature before the end of the season.

The 22-year-old was outstanding in the Community Shield before he injured an anterior cruciate ligament during his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest.
He looked set to miss the rest of the season, but has now returned to contact training, and could eventually feature in the squad at some point during the rest of this campaign.

It is never easy to recover from long-term injuries, particularly given the brutal timing of his ligament rupture, but Mikel Arteta has now revealed that the club are thoroughly impressed by how the summer signing from Ajax has conducted himself in his recovery.

Mikel Arteta praises Jurrien Timber following return to training

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday’s trip to Sheffield United, Arteta admitted that he is delighted with the way Timber has recovered from his injury.
Absolutely. It’s been a joy. The physios and medical staff have been impressed with his attitude,” he stated of the defender.

“Now we have to manage because it’s the last stage of that difficult injury, but I think he’s in the right way.”

What will Jurrien Timber eventually bring to Arsenal?
It is clear that Timber’s attitude was one of the reasons why Arteta decided to invest heavily in his signature in the summer, but he is also capable of taking Arsenal to another level with his versatility.

Timber is capable of playing across the back line, and is comfortable on both sides at full-back, and can also play an inverted role on either side.

This would allow Ben White to be rotated more, with the Englishman forced to start every game whilst Timber and Takehiro Tomiyasu have been absent, and the Dutchman could also provide another alternative to Oleksandr Zinchenko and Jakub Kiwior on the left.

His combination of speed and strength, coupled with remarkable intelligence, was on full display in the Community Shield, and Arsenal will hope that he does not lose any of his physical traits when he eventually returns to action following what is a significant injury.

Former Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin found that he struggled for speed following a similar injury, and the club will not want to take any risks over Timber’s recovery to avoid similar issues when he is ready to join Arteta’s squad in competitive games.

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