Jurrien Timber says Arsenal’s “expectations are high”

The win over Manchester City in the Community Shield will give Arsenal much-needed confidence, says Arsenal’s new signing Jurrien Timber.

Last Sunday, Arsenal had a chance to hit Manchester City with their first blow of the season, and they just did it, producing a spectacular comeback to draw 1-1 and win the Community Shield through penalties. Much has been said about what that win does to Arsenal’s season, but there’s no doubt Timber’s claims that Arsenal have shown they can compete and match what every Gunner has been thinking about.

The versatile defender said on the Arsenal website, “I think it gives us a lot of confidence. We can compete with them, and everyone saw that, against one of the biggest teams in the world, if not the biggest. It doesn’t say everything, but it says a lot.

“The expectations are high, which is good for a club like Arsenal, so let’s aim for the highest possible things, and we’ll see at the end of the season where we’re standing.”

Timber is tipped to excel at the Emirates. His brilliance has been displayed throughout pre-season and in his first competitive start last weekend.

Alongside Kai Havertz and Declan Rice, the ex-Ajax star has raised the Gunners’ levels up. Hopefully, they will, along with the other signings to be made, help Arsenal end their title drought come the end of the 2023–24 season.

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  1. Think the Dutchman is quietly making the left back his own, tend to get a little nervous with the Ukrainian there.

    1. Would love to see Timber unseat Zinchenko at LB. I think we would be more solid at the back with White, Saliba, Gabriel, Timber.

      He is a step up defensively over Zinchenko, faster, more physical, and nearly as good offensively in the midfield role.

      Very interesting to see if Zinchenko walks back in when healthy or has to earn his starts.

      Personally would love to see Zinchenko as a CM, think it suits him better. He’s too weak defensively at LB as we saw numerous times last year.

      1. Zinchenko is a deep lying playmaker in the mold of Pirlo. You can’t task him with a box to box role, he doesn’t have the physicality for that. You must never put him in a position where he has to cover a lot of distance. I guess that’s the dilemma Arteta has with him. He also doesn’t have much goals in him, can’t arrive late in the box like Xhaka did last season. He also can’t replace Odegaard because we will be missing the final passes Ode gives, and this is what keeps Ode in his role despite his own lack of physicality too.
        I respect Zini so much and I believe he was the one that made us title contenders last season because his ability made us dominate in the midfield. It really clicked for us, and it won’t be long for him to get back his position. The only thing is Arteta must find a way to cover for his defensive downside, and I think this where Rice comes in.

  2. I will like to see how we perform with this formation very soon.


    This could be our most used formation this season especially in EPL when everyone is fit.
    Trosaard can replace Martinelli. When we see leading and need to be conservative, White Comes in for Zini. Havertz can also come in for Jesus.

  3. What if you move partey to xhakas role timber takes partey place then Ode/Leo in front of them. Did you ever saw how good partey has been in that position for Ghana or A. Madrid?

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