Arsenal fans are expected to continue to wait. Yulien Timber is far from returning.
Timber joined Arsenal ahead of this season. Playing well for Ajax in the Netherlands, he came to London in July last year with a transfer fee of 40 million euros (57 billion U.S. dollars). Arsenal had a strong background thanks to his multi-talented ability to play at fullback as well as center back. Timber made his debut as a fullback in the Community Shield against Manchester City in August last year.
However, he could not watch the opening match in the Premier League for the last time. Due to the cruciate ligament injury he suffered in the opening match against Nottingham Forest, he was not expected to be able to play for a long time. It was expected that the time he returned to the team would last about seven to nine months. In the end, he played only two matches for 126 minutes.
Contrary to expectations, Timber’s return seemed to be accelerating. On the 11th (Korea Standard Time), Arsenal released a photo of Arsenal’s first-team training camp in Dubai and said, “Timber has resumed his training.” Fans’ expectations were also high.
Even though Timber has resumed training, he will have to play in March beforehand. The British Football London reported on Wednesday that despite the photo of Timber training on the grass through Dubai training camp, his earliest return will be in March. He needs more time to get into the real game. 스포츠토토
Arteta also expressed his regret. According to media, he said, “Unfortunately, it is a very long-term injury,” ahead of the round of 64 at the 2023-24 English FA Cup against Liverpool on the 8th. He also said, “Timber is recovering really well, but he is still not suitable enough to train or compete with the team, so he does not expect to return soon.”
Arsenal has lost three straight games recently. They lost two straight games to West Ham United and Fulham in the PL, and packed up early on as they were lethargic against Liverpool 0-2 in the FA Cup. They gave up two goals in all three matches, showing signs of instability in their defense.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, the main left fullback, was missing due to injury. Jakub Kibio replaced him, but he seems to be far short. Arsenal, who will be sorry about Timber’s injury, will be left.