Mikel Arteta shares insights, Jurrien Timber’s recovery progress at Arsenal

Arsenal signed Dutch international Jurrien Timber from Ajax for £34 million in 2023. Timber suffered an ACL injury early in the 2023-24 season and has been on a recovery journey since.

Jurien Timber Return Date Revealed
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Arsenal made a significant investment of £34 million ($42m) to secure the talented Dutch international from Ajax during the summer of 2023. At 22 years old, he was anticipated to secure a regular position within the Premier League giants’ squad. However, his hopes were dashed when he suffered an unfortunate ACL injury during the opening weekend of the 2023-24 season.

Since then, Timber has been on a lengthy journey to recovery. When asked for an update on the dynamic full-back and his potential return, Mikel Arteta commented, “Still he’s got a few steps to make. He needs to play at least a game with the 23s. We’re going to have an in house game too. He’s done everything in training now it’s about getting him match fit.”

Arsenal is scheduled to face Aston Villa on Sunday. There are indications that Gabriel Magalhaes may be dealing with an injury concern ahead of the match. Arteta mentioned, “We have one more day to prepare for the match, and we’ll assess everyone’s availability.”

Heading into the encounter with Aston Villa, Arsenal currently holds the top spot in the Premier League standings. However, they are only ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, while Manchester City, the defending champions, trail by just one point with seven games remaining.

Jurriën Timber

Jurriën Maduro

Defender, Midfielder


Age: 23

182 cm


Season 2023/2024
Played 2 36 Missed
Minutes 71 35.5 Avg
Goals 0 0.0 Avg
Assist 0 0.0 Avg
Attempt 1 0.5 Avg
Passes 67 33.590.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 2 1.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total once for 50 minutes for Premier League.

Jurriën Timber didn’t score any goal for Arsenal. He procured no assists. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 1st in Premier League. In the last match Arsenal drew 2-2 against FC Bayern München. The next match in Premier League will be against Aston Villa.

Arsenal performance and stats


Manager: Mikel Arteta
Rank 2nd
Win 27
Draw 5
Loss 5
Goals 89-28
Diff 61

Arsenal is currently 1st in the Premier League with 71 points.

In the last 31 games, it has won 22 times, drawn 5 times, and lost 4 times. In its last match, Arsenal won 0-3 against Brighton & Hove Albion.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 75 goals and conceding 24.​

Arsenal will play the next match in Premier League against Aston Villa on Sunday 14th of April in London. The prediction is Arsenal winning the match.​