Arsenal fans are generally dismayed by the lack of business by their team in January. The Gooners failed to bring in a single player, but the return of a summer signing could provide the boost the fans are looking for.
Arsenal’s blip over the New Year period has seen them drop 5 points behind current Premier League leaders Liverpool. Major bookmakers now have Arteta’s side at odds as big as 10/1 to win this season’s Premier League.
Many fans expected to see some reinforcements come in, with many calling for a striker to be signed. No deals materialised as Arsenal appears to be another club feeling the pressure Of the Premier League’s Profitability and sustainability rules.
Despite the lack of January additions, Arsenal fans can expect to see a new face in the second half of the Premier League season. Several sources around London Colney have suggested Jurrien Timber could be closer to a return than many fans may have expected.
Arsenal insiders have suggested the 23-year-old defender is aiming to be a part of Arsenal’s squad for their Champions League Round-of-16 tie in February. A much earlier return date than was suggested when he was injured in his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest.
The Netherlands international was extremely impressive in the few minutes he played before suffering a cruciate ligament tear. His performance as an inverted left-back against Manchester City in the Community Shield showcased how critical he was to Arteta’s plans for the season.
Oleksandr Zinchenko provides attacking quality, but some teams have exploited his defensive weaknesses this season. During Timber’s time at Ajax, the versatile defender showed he could be able to strike a better balance at left-back than his Ukrainian teammate.
A Timber return would improve The Gunner’s chances of winning the major trophies this season. The news of his return coming earlier than expected should ease some fans’ concerns about the lack of January business.
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