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Mikel Arteta provides update on when £38m Arsenal star will return to first-team action

Arteta has given an update on when one Arsenal star, who marked his return with a stunning goal for the U21, will return to action with the first-team.

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Arsenal have been without one defender who has been sidelined with injury since the Premier League’s opening weekend fixture against Nottingham Forest.

Undoubtedly, suffering such a serious setback early in his Arsenal journey must have been devastating for the 22-year-old. Had he been fit, the £38m star would have likely played a crucial role in Mikel Arteta’s plans for the season.

Jurrien Timber marked his comeback with a sensational goal just eight minutes into the match against Blackburn U21 on Monday night.


Timber’s remarkable performance indicates he is on the brink of a full return to the squad. After featuring for the U21s and scoring a spectacular goal, manager Mikel Arteta will be eagerly observing his response in the coming days.

While Arsenal prepares to face Chelsea this week, Timber’s return may come too soon for the clash. Nevertheless, with the Tottenham match on the horizon, there’s optimism among some Arsenal supporters and Mikel Arteta that Timber might make an appearance.

Jurrien Timber

Jurrien Timber (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Addressing Timber’s potential involvement against Spurs, Arteta hinted at the possibility during a press conference before his standout performance for the U21s. “That’s a quick step. Let’s see how he feels today. He’s been training really well. He looks ready,” said Arteta, emphasizing the importance of assessing Timber’s readiness for such a significant fixture.

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The return of Timber undoubtedly injects morale into the squad ahead of crucial matches. However, questions linger regarding his match fitness after a prolonged absence. Transitioning from youth level to facing Tottenham in a high-stakes North London derby presents a considerable challenge.

While the pace of Timber’s return may pose risks, witnessing his comeback tonight undoubtedly uplifts Arsenal fans, providing hope for his imminent contribution to the team.

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