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Arsenal handed huge boost for the final six games of the season

Arsenal have been handed a massive injury boost as the team prepares to wrap up the season with six matches remaining

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Arsenal have received a huge boost in the title race with Mikel Arteta confirming that summer signing Jurrien Timber is back and available for the academy to continue his recovery from a long term anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in August.

Following a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, concerns were raised over the fitness of key players such as Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka, who appeared to be struggling with injury issues during the match. Additionally, Gabriel and Ben White have been managing long-standing injury concerns.

The Arsenal manager assured fans that his squad is nearing full fitness as they gear up for their upcoming Premier League encounter against Wolves this Saturday.

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Speaking to reporters at the Sobha Realty Centre ahead of the team’s trip to the Black Country, Arteta provided a positive update on the squad’s condition. “They are all good,” he stated succinctly, alleviating fears of any major setbacks.

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However, Arteta confirmed that Dutch international Jurrien Timber remains unavailable for selection. Timber has been sidelined since sustaining an ACL injury on the opening day of the season. While the player has shown promising signs in training, Arteta deemed it premature for his return. “It’s too soon,” Arteta emphasised in his pre-match press conference. “He’s gonna play a game with the 23s and after that we will see better how he feels.”

Timber’s potential return presents a significant boost for Arsenal across multiple positions. The versatile defender has demonstrated his capabilities at both left-back and right-back during pre-season, in addition to his experience as a center-back for Ajax. Arteta acknowledged the tactical advantage Timber’s versatility brings to the team, expressing readiness to deploy him accordingly based on the team’s needs.

“Both positions,” Arteta affirmed when asked about Timber’s role within the squad. “He played right-back and left-back in pre-season. In relation to the games and the players that we have available we will decide.”

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