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Jurrien Timber in contention to be included in Arsenal squad for Tottenham clash

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hinted at the possible return of defender Jurrien Timber to the first team against Tottenham

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hinted at the possible return of defender Jurrien Timber to the first team ahead of their upcoming clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. 

Timber, who joined the Gunners from Ajax last summer in a £38.5 million deal, has been sidelined for over eight months following an ACL injury suffered during his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest.

However, the Dutchman’s road to recovery seems to be nearing its end, with Arteta revealing that Timber is on the verge of a comeback at a pivotal moment for Arsenal. 

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Arteta stated that Timber would undergo a late fitness test in training on Saturday before a decision is made regarding his inclusion in the squad for the North London derby.

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Despite the excitement surrounding Timber’s potential return, Arteta remained cautious, acknowledging that the decision would be made based on his fitness levels. “He is very close. I don’t know if it is going to come too early, this one. But he is very close,” said Arteta.

Jurrien Timber himself expressed eagerness at the prospect of rejoining the team for the final stretch of the season. Following his appearance and goal in an Under-21 game against Blackburn, Timber spoke of his anticipation, stating, “The last couple of weeks have been tough, but we are still in the mix and have every chance to win it. I’m glad that I can finally be part of it.”

Arsenal currently sit one point ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League table, although City have a game in hand. With no other injury concerns for Arsenal, Arteta admitted to having a selection headache as he seeks to maintain momentum following their midweek victory over Chelsea. 

“It’s a good headache! You feel for the players because you see how much they want it. It’s always difficult but as well they’re fully ready to come on the pitch however we need them,” Arteta remarked.

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