Arsenal supporters urged Jurrien Timber to ‘come back stronger’ after he posted promising pictures on social media.

On Twitter, the defender posted pictures of himself working out in the gym as he tackles the long road to recovery.Among the comments was Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk, who also skippers Timber at international level. The Reds centre-back posted a love heart and raising hands emoji.

Arsenal teammates William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko also posted similar well-wishes, with the latter writing “together” on his Instagram post. Gunners fans were also quick to wish their summer signing a speedy recovery.

One user wrote: “The entire fanbase is firmly behind you in your comeback! It’s gonna be mighty.” Another fan anticipated big performances from the Dutchman when he returns to action next year.

“My goat,” the comment read. “Your name will go down in history for Arsenal. Keep that head up.”

Last week, Arteta provided an update on Timber and promised big things will come from the Dutchman. “Look at Jurrien,” he said. “We’re extremely happy but, for a different reason, we don’t have him on the field. We paid a lot of money and he’s a player that’s going to be really important.

“But it’s not working at the moment because he can’t fulfil his job. Sometimes, it’s for that reason. But sometimes they’re not fitting in because they’re not playing well enough – and the coach makes so many mistakes that he doesn’t get the best from a player.“