Over the past time, Arsenal has had strong activities in the transfer market. After the first deal named Kai Havertz, the Gunners are expected to announce the next two rookies, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber.
Rice became a familiar face to the shadow village of the foggy country. The English midfielder played prominently, carrying the West Ham United captain’s armband. Meanwhile, Timber seems to be a relatively new name for many fans.
The Dutch star has a versatile playing style when he takes on both the roles of central defender and right-back. Impressive performance at Ajax helped Timber catch the eyes of many European giants. So will Timber become the perfect match for Mikel Arteta’s army?
As predicted by many experts, Timber will be used by Arteta at right-back, ready to compete for a starting spot with Ben White. At the age of 22, Timber has more than 200 appearances with Ajax, is a strong but equally calm defender.
According to statistics, the Dutch international was the player who made the most passes in the Eredivisie last season. The ability to play well on the foot where Timber promises to help Arsenal easily deploy the game from home.
The star born in 2001 needs to learn how to adapt to the demanding football environment in the Premier League. In the Ajax shirt, Timber mainly plays in the central position. Now, he will kick to the right when joining Arsenal.
Timber’s mission does not stop at defense. The 22-year-old star promises to regularly rise, forming a damaging drill on the Arsenal right wing. The attacking full-back has become a typical role model in the current Premier League. The duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are prime examples.
Former player Philipp Lahm commented on the change of full-back with Sky Sports: “Over the last 10 years, full-backs have been very healthy players. Now, I think it has changed a little bit. . There are more technical full-backs.”
Timber can go high, play tight in the midfield, transform into a true midfielder. However, first he needs to do well as a defender, protect the penalty area of his home team, win in hand-to-hand disputes.
Former player Gary Neville commented on Man City’s full-backs: “Over the years, Pep Guardiola has always owned in the squad small but technically rich full-backs; they can play inside, move forward. ball forward…. However, that has changed in the last few months.”
Timber is expected to help Arsenal’s tactical system and play more balanced. The London team needs to ensure the tightness, sealing the gap when the opponent plays counterattack. Timber promises to become a smart match for Arsenal.
Mr. Nguyen | 17:40 10/07/2023