Arsenal fans say 'make Jurrien Timber our main starter' after he shines in unexpected role on debut | The Sun

ARSENAL supporters – and even boss Mikel Arteta – have hailed new boy Jurrien Timber after his debut.

The Gunners splashed out £40m to Ajax to sign the full-back earlier this month.

The 22-year-old Dutchman joined fellow new boys Declan Rice and Kai Havertz in action today as Arsenal trounced Wayne Rooney’s MLS All-Stars 5-0 on their US pre-season tour.

Dutch international Timber only came off the bench to make his bow midway through the second half of the onslaught but in an unusually more advanced midfield role.

But during that brief time he enjoyed 29 touches of the ball, won three out of three ground duels and produced a 95 per cent pass accuracy.

And supporters were quickly taking to Twitter afterwards to sign his praises.


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“Timber was a joy to watch,” tweeted one.

Another wrote: “What a debut show from Jurrien Timber.”

A fellow fan declared that “Timber looks absolute class” while a fellow Gooner said: “Timber inverting from the right. UNREAL.”

“Timber already tucked in midfield,” tweeted a fan watching while another demanded: “Make Jurrien Timber our main starter I’ve seen enough.”

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And another urged: “Invest stocks in Timber now.”

But it was not only supporters that were impressed with what they had seen.

Arteta said afterwards: “I think you have seen tonight that he is a really versatile player.

“We can use him in different positions, within those positions, he gives you the capacity to invert and occupy defender spaces.

“He is so comfortable on the ball in that phase. He has this aggression on the duels and that dynamism that I really like about him.

“You saw from the first action, in the high press, he went and won the ball straight away on that duel and he was ready to go.

“He has gelled really well with the team and I think he will be a really important player for the team.”

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