HomeFootball NewsTimber set to make Arsenal return

Timber set to make Arsenal return


Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of the Premier League title with defender Jurrien Timber set to make his return from long-term injury in tomorrow’s game with Bournemouth.

The Gunners could extend their advantage at the top of the table to four points over Manchester City with a win in the lunchtime kick-off. That will place the pressure on Pep Guardiola’s men, who will then have two games in hand, when they host Wolves at 1730.

Read our other football news stories here: 
Angry Ange makes no excuses for Tottenham display
Howe backs FA stance on Tonali
Aston Villa 2-4 Olympiacos: Villa stunned by El Kaabi hat-trick

A clash with a Bournemouth side that have won their last two games will not be a pushover and boss Mikel Arteta was pleased to reveal today his squad have a clean bill of health, including Timber who has not played since the opening day win over Nottingham Forest.

Having made a full recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, the Netherlands international is set to be in the squad for the visit of Andoni Iraola’s men.

Arteta said: “Jurrien is 100 per cent back and available.

“We are not going to know [if Timber is ready] until we throw him in. In eight months of football, he’s only played 150 minutes with the Under-21s. It’s a solution we can only do by throwing him on the pitch.”

Timber is more likely to make an impact next season with Arteta hoping he will be a team-mate of Jorginho. The Italy midfielder is out of contract at the end of June but Arteta is eager for the 32-year-old to stay.

“I would love to keep him, he knows that and the club is really supportive of that. He makes us better and we are interested,” he said.

Arteta also heaped praise on Jorginho’s fellow midfielder Declan Rice, who this morning was named runner-up to Phil Foden as Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.

He said: “It’s been great, he’s had such an impact since day one. It’s a great group, I think they’ve been really, really supportive. After eight or nine days in pre-season, he said he’d felt like he’d been here for three years.”

Arteta also said any decision on whether to make goalkeeper David Raya’s move from Brentford permanent would be made in the summer while also dismissing reports that Gabriel Jesus would be off-loaded at the end of the season.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


Ancelotti hungry for UCL success with Real Madrid to go with LaLiga triumph

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is eyeing the Champions League trophy to go alongside the club's LaLiga success. Los Blancos confirmed their record-breaking 36th title at...

De Zerbi hails Aston Villa as ‘one of the best teams in the Premier League’

Roberto De Zerbi says his Brighton side beat "one of the best teams in the Premier League" on Sunday. The Seagulls took all three points thanks...

Madueke backing Chelsea for Europe after West Ham thumping

Noni Madueke is backing Chelsea to finish as high as possible after the Blues thrashed West Ham 5-0 in the Premier League. First-half goals from Cole...

Sean Dyche slams VAR for missed penalty in Luton-Everton draw

Everton boss Sean Dyche believes VAR missed a second penalty for his side during the 1-1 draw with Luton Town on Friday night. The Toffees denied...

Most Popular