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Arteta’s Arsenal receives bad news just days after start of the season

Arsenal started off the season with a win on Saturday but Mikel Arteta’s team has however received bad news that could affect their whole season.

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( Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta / Photo via Getty )

Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber may be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a significant knee ligament injury, according to a report by Mail Sport. The 22-year-old Dutchman was forced off in the second half of Arsenal’s Premier League season opener against Nottingham Forest, which ended in a 2-1 victory for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

Timber, who joined Arsenal from Ajax in a deal worth €40 million plus €5 million add-ons, had initially been deemed fit to continue playing by the officials and medical staff. However, shortly after the second half began, he made a movement that raised concerns about his condition, prompting manager Mikel Arteta to substitute him immediately.

Speaking to Arsenal Media after the match, Arteta provided an update on Timber’s injury and revealed that further assessment would be needed to determine its severity. “No, the officials, the doctors, they looked at him (Jurrien Timber) and they were happy to continue,” said Arteta. “Him as well, but straight away in the second half the first action he made a movement and it was a bit funny so we took him straight out and now we have to assess him to see what he has.”

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Jurrien Timber of Arsenal (obscured) leaves the field after sustaining an injury during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The news of Timber’s potential long-term absence comes as a blow for Arsenal, who had high hopes for their new defensive signing. The young defender had impressed during pre-season and was expected to play a key role in shoring up Arsenal’s defense this season.

If Timber is indeed sidelined for months rather than weeks as speculated, it will be a significant setback for both player and club. It will not only disrupt his development at Arsenal but also deprive Arteta of an important defensive option.

Injuries are an unfortunate part of football, and they can have a profound impact on players’ careers. However, with proper medical care and rehabilitation, players can often make successful comebacks from such setbacks. Timber will now have to focus on his recovery and work closely with the club’s medical team to ensure he returns to full fitness as soon as possible.

In the meantime, Arteta will need to explore alternative defensive options within his squad or consider potential reinforcements in the transfer market. The loss of Timber will undoubtedly force the Arsenal manager to rethink his defensive strategies and make adjustments accordingly.

As fans await further updates on Timber’s injury, they can only hope for a positive prognosis and a swift recovery for the talented young defender.

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