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Campbell Is Full Of Praise For This New Arsenal Signing: Does He Have A Bright Future In North London?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with The Highbury Squad YouTube channel, Kevin Campbell is full of praise for Arsenal’s new signing Jurrien Timber this summer. Campbell said,

“I’ve got no worries on the right side with Timber being inverted, he can get about and he’s a really good defender. I believe that of the three he has settled quickest, but that defence hasn’t been disrupted with Saliba and Gabriel there, but the midfield is ever-changing,”

Timber’s Impressive Run Of Form In Dutch Football

Timber enjoyed a solid campaign at Ajax recently as he managed to put in a run of impressive displays at the heart of their backline. The Utrecht-born talent registered two goals and two goals in 47 matches for the Dutch outfit last season across all fronts.

The 22-year-old was a dominant presence on the defensive end of the field based on his average of 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.9 clearances per game in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has even been careful when distributing the ball from the back after completing 91.7% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Dutch football (stats via whoscored).

Jurrien Timber
LUSAIL CITY, QATAR – DECEMBER 09: Jurrien Timber of Netherlands battles for possession with Julian Alvarez of Argentina during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match between Netherlands and Argentina at Lusail Stadium on December 09, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Does Timber Have A Bright Future At Arsenal?

Timber is a good tackler of the ball and can sense the danger well to earn the ball back for his side inside his half. He usually clears his lines when the opposition are on the front foot and can win his fair share of aerial duels as well.

The Dutch youngster played some of his best football at Ajax last season. Hence, we can expect him to have a good season at his new club Arsenal if he can find a way to make a smooth transition to life in Premier League football. That would be the best Arsenal news for the fans.

At 22, Timber has got a very bright future ahead of him at the North London club. He could grow into a world-class centre-back under the expert stewardship of Mikel Arteta in the coming seasons. We can expect him to bring more bite and steel to the London club’s defence and grow into a top performer for the Gunners next season. Therefore, Campbell’s praise and backing for Timber to be a success at Arsenal is justified.

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