Mikel Arteta explains what Arsenal have lost without injured Timber.

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has explained what his squad is missing after injured Jurrien Timber’s absence.

After Arsenal spent 42 million on the player the defender suffered a cruciate ligament tear in the first game of the season, against Nottingham Forest leaving the Arsenal boss to make changes to his team again, reports state that the 22-year-old is getting ready to be back.

Arteta said: “First of all, his leadership, his versatility, the quality that he has to play in different positions, especially in an attacking phase, the spaces that he can occupy and certain qualities that nobody else in the squad has to do that. As you could tell he was fitting in; he’s really liked around the boys, and he’s been a big miss.”

Asked about his recovery, he replied: “It’s been a joy and all the physios and the medical staff are really happy with his attitude, and his commitment, especially with the way things have gone. It’s not a coincidence the way he applies [himself], how determined he is, his willingness to put every effort in everything that he’s demanded to do and he’s in a really good place. Now we have to manage [him] because it’s the last stage of that difficult injury that is complicated, but I think he’s on the right way.”

Arsenal will be hoping to catch up with their winning ways after thrashing New Castle by 4 goals to nil the team is in high spirits and seems to have given their all in the race to win the English Premier League.