According to The Athletic, Arsenal’s new summer signing Jurrien Timber has suffered a ‘serious knee injury’ and is now anticipated to be out for an extended period of time.
The Dutch international sustained the injury during his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest this Saturday and was subsequently substituted off immediately for Takehiro Tomiyasu in the 50th minute.
The injury saw him him helped off the field by medics and tests to diagnose the full extent of the injury are currently underway- whilst a recovery timeframe will also be known following the completion of the tests.
The 22-year-old only signed for the Gunners for €40m from Ajax this summer, and was expected to be a valuable asset to the side season, with his with his skillset allowing him to play a similar role to that of Ben White, by either tucking in on the right side of a back three or stepping up into midfield.
Furthermore, the defender has already displayed his versatility various times for Mikel Arteta’s side in pre-season, operating in all positions along the backline, demonstrating his excellent ability to progress play and retain possession.
As for Arsenal’s other defensive options, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhães, and William Saliba remain fit and starters, Oleksandr Zinchenko is currently recovering from a calf injury, whilst Jakub Kiwior and the aforementioned Tomiyasu are both seen as adequate back-ups in each defensive position defensively.
Meanwhile, Scottish international Kieran Tierney still remains at the North London side, but was left out of the squad on Saturday and has been linked with a move away from The Emirates Stadium all summer- however Timber’s injury could potentially change plans over the left-back’s future.
Travis Levison | Get Football