Latest Arsenal injury news before Bournemouth as dream scenario emerges with Jurrien Timber update

Jurrien Timber

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been handed an unthinkable injury scenario with just weeks left of the Premier League season. In comparison to teams around the Gunners, Arteta has been dealt a rather fortunate hand when it comes to injuries and yet he has still regularly been without some key players.

The likes of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have all been plagued by issues over the last nine months with Thomas Partey also missing the bulk of the campaign. Jurrien Timber meanwhile has not featured for the senior team since his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest back in August.

Considering the significance of his knee injury, Timber has been carefully managed back to full fitness in training and with the club's under-21s. The Netherlands international has played just over 100 minutes across two games and that action has resulted in him building up his match fitness significantly to the point he may feature this weekend.

"Yes, everybody is fit and available so now it's the headache to make the right selection," Arteta revealed when asked for the latest injury news in his Friday press conference.

On Timber, after confirming he would not play for Arsenal's academy on Friday, the Arsenal boss added: "We won’t know that until we throw him in there. It’s tricky because there are only three games to go and he has missed eight months of football.

"He’s played only 115 minutes of football with the Under-21s, it’s a question that can only be resolved by throwing him on the pitch and we will see what happens, we have to try to nail that decision when [we take it]." Timber being available is a huge boost for Arsenal, even if he is only able to play a cameo role.

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To have Timber back is one thing, but to now have no other players in the treatment room as a result, is such a surprise at this stage of the season. In comparison, title rivals Man City are sweating on the fitness of Ederson and Ruben Dias with Erling Haaland only just returning from a minor problem.