Jurrien Timber, a recent addition to Arsenal, has been seen walking without crutches, giving the team an injury boost. During the summer transfer window, the Dutch international moved to the Emirates Stadium for a reported £34.2 million.
However, the 22-year-old suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the Gunners’ opening game of the 2023–24 Premier League season, meaning he will likely miss a significant portion of the season despite having a solid preseason. After undergoing surgery, Timber was seen taking part in the team photo for the upcoming season at the club’s London Colney training facility with his teammates.
Earlier this week, Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, predicted that the young player would play a significant role in the team’s future. “We are all human beings, and you know that one plus one isn’t always making two,” the Spaniard remarked when questioned about the transfer market.
“Ultimately, it’s a wager. Purchasing a player is a gamble, and since the player is a person, the gamble could go wrong. They must come from many nations, cultures, and play styles.
“Then they must adapt to living in a new system and surroundings. It can take some time. It does so occasionally. Occasionally, it doesn’t. Particularly in light of the high prices we’re asking for players, I feel a great sense of responsibility. You need to confirm that we put in the necessary effort to make it happen. However, it doesn’t always.
Jurrien,” he continued, “look at him. “We’re overjoyed, but for a different reason, he isn’t playing for us. He is a guy who will be very significant, and we paid a lot of money for him. However, it’s not working right now because he can’t do his job. Sometimes, it is the case. However, there are occasions when a player doesn’t fit in because they aren’t doing well enough, and the coach makes too many mistakes to be able to get the best out of a player.