Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been hopeful of even more arrivals at the Emirates with a host of names being linked to the club, but Jurrien Timber’s injury may force the club to rethink their plans. The Gunners were far from convincing in their opening Premier League fixture, but got the job done with a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.
Summer signing Kai Havertz and Declan Rice made their home debuts, along with Jurrien Timber. But the full-back was brought off on the stroke of half-time with a worrying injury to his right knee.
Arsenal looked far more shaky at the back without Timber out on the left and were fortunate to hold on for all three points. However, Arteta will now reportedly have to be without Timber for several months now.
Reports in the Netherlands claim the 22-year-old damaged his ACL and will face several months out of action.
The injury setback could have a knock-on effect to Arsenal’s transfer plans for the remainder of the window. Takehiro Tomiyasu came on for Timber with Oleksandr Zinchenko still recovering from injury himself.
Timber’s injury prognosis could force them into the market for another back-up at full-back with Kieran Tierney not in Arteta’s plans. Using the remaining funds on a replacement for Timber could see Arsenal give up on four other targets.