‘March? Just Sign A New LB Immediately’ ‘Our Whole Defence Injured’ Arsenal Fans React To Latest Injury Update

Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber is not expected to make his return from an ACL injury until March, according to the Daily Mail.

It was originally said that the Dutchman was making good progress in his rehabilitation and there were some optimistic claims that he could play again at some point in February.

However, this latest update has prompted fans on X to call for reinforcements to be brought in at the back during the January transfer window:

Arsenal are lacking options on the left-hand side of defence

With Timber not expected to be back in action anytime soon, Oleksandr Zinchenko sidelined with a calf injury, and Takehiro Tomiyasu playing at the Asian Cup, manager Mikel Arteta has very few alternatives to play at left-back.

Jakub Kiwior has been deployed there on several occasions but the Polish international has looked uncomfortable every time he has been picked and he is clearly better suited to being a centre-half.

A short-term solution could be found in the transfer market

If the scan on Zinchenko’s calf leads to more bad news, the Gunners may be forced into recruiting a left-back on a temporary basis.

In terms of who could be recruited, very few names have been linked so far. Arsenal have been scouting the likes of Jorrel Hato but there is little chance that Ajax would sanction his departure on loan, unless there is an obligation to buy next summer.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.