Why Jurrien Timber is not in Arsenal’s squad for the matchday against Bournemouth

Jurrien Timber will not be in the Arsenal squad for the Premier League match against Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.

The Netherlands international has recovered from an ACL injury in recent weeks and has appeared twice for the under-21 team. In his pre-match press conference, Mikel Arteta admitted that he had a chance of making his first appearance for the first team since August.

“Yes, everyone is fit and available, so now it’s a headache to make the right selection,” the Spaniard said in his pre-match press conference.

“We won’t know (if he’s ready) until we include him there. It’s complicated because there are only three games left and he’s missed eight months of football, he’s only played 115 minutes of football with the Under-21s. It’s a question that only “It can be resolved by throwing him on the field and we will see what happens, we have to try to make that decision when (we make it).”

Unfortunately, Timber is not in the squad as Arsenal look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table. It is a testament to how many players Arteta currently has at his disposal, and perhaps a sign that Arteta does not wish to take any risks at this stage with the defender.

Jakub Kiwior and Oleksandr Zinchenko are Arteta’s defensive options on the bench. In the starting eleven his team remains unchanged. That means Takehiro Tomiyasu keeps his place at left back.

Arsenal XI: Stripe; Blanco, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Partey, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Havertz, Trossard.

Subs: Ramsdale, Kiwior, Zinchenko, Jorginho, Fabio Vieira, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Nketiah, Jesús.