Let’s hope Jurrien Timber will settle in quickly and prove his doubters wrong

Jurrien Timber is Arsenal’s new No. 12. His unveiling as a Gunner was finally done on Friday. Of the many things said about his move to the Emirates, the club statement perfectly summarises what we can expect from him. “Jurrien is a young, talented international player who fits our vision of competing with a young, strong squad. I know Jurrien cannot wait to get started, and we’re really hoping that he will be a great success here for many years,”

The Gunners have high hopes for the Dutch international. Mikel Arteta expects him to have a fantastic debut season at the Emirates.

The 22-year-old has been tipped to be the next top defender to take Europe by storm, but as with almost all footballers, he has doubters.

There have been doubts about whether he is made for the Premier League. Indeed, I think that Arteta is sure the former Ajax man will silence the doubters and show he’s top-class, and with the plethora of defenders we now have at the club, he will be allowed time and space to learn the ropes.

The Eredivise is no Premier League, but Timber must prove he is a natural. And his compatriot Virgil Van Dijk may have hinted that his compatriot might be better than everybody thinks. “I wasn’t nearly as far along as he is now [at the same age],” The Liverpool star said when asked about Timber last year, before he was even linked with Arsenal. “I have nothing but praise for him.

“He is a great player and a true professional. He has so much potential. Hopefully, he can develop further. Then it will be all right, I think.”

Week in and week out, PL pundits will be on his case and I hope he thrives and proves all the doubters wrong…

Darren N

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          1. The only doubts I have heard is that he is poor in the air for a premier league centre back but we are probably playing him at right back.

    1. PJ-SA
      One of his doubter is the legendary Marco Van Basten, In the Metro July 3, ,2023. He urged Jurrian Timber to stay at Ajax for another season.
      He went to say , I absolutely advised against him going, the moment they don’t feel they are better with you, then they are all against you.

      The kid has high respect for the legend but still come to Arsenal against his wish

    2. A lot of fans and media did mentioned his height assuming Arsenal bought him as a CB. Similar to Lisandro Martinez. Size is an issue in EPL but let’s see how Timber copes with it.

  1. Yeah, as above, I don’t think there are many doubters. My only doubt would be that he will settle in *quickly*, it might take a little while, but I’ve no doubt he’s a quality player.

  2. He is still 22, versatile, not too tall and accustomed with Ajax’s positional-playing system, so he’d likely play well for Arsenal if he gets enough chances and not plagued by injuries

    OT: Pepe, Soares and Sambi-Lokonga won’t play in our pre-season games, but Smith-Rowe and Partey will. It might be too late for Pepe and Soares to revive their careers, but Sambi-Lokonga is still a talented kid

    1. Partey must be staying. I’d be glad to be honest though. He dipped last season but I still believe he has so much more to give.

      1. I think he will stay unless some silly money from Saudi Is offered. If we can cash In a thirty years old and get a replacement it will make sense.

  3. Watching some Timber YouTube vids last week and I was very impressed. I think he will flourish imo. His technical level is up there and so is his skill. The only thing he will need to be aware of is the physicality of the EPL. Again though, I think he will adapt in a short time.

  4. I think he will prove to be a great signing but he may not be an immediate hit as he will be bedded in first.

  5. I am happy if he can ease the load on Saliba, my worry
    lays mainly in integrating Havertz in our attack

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