Jurrien Timber will be hoping he can feature for Arsenal before the end of the 2023/24 season.

The Netherlands international, who signed from Ajax in the summer, suffered a severe ACL injury on his Premier League debut, which has seen him miss the last six months of action.

Numerous updates have been provided by the player, Mikel Arteta, and the club in recent weeks; however, a return still looks some way off. To give some hope Timber could feature again, he was named in Arsenal’s resubmitted Champions League squad for the knockout stages.

Following that, Arteta provided an update on his condition ahead of the clash against Newcastle, which hinted a training return was in the works. On Friday, he said: “I really hope [he plays again this season.] He’s doing really well. He’s been with some players on the pitch. He’s going to start to do some bits with us on the pitch in the next week or so. Then we’ll have to see how he’s doing, his confidence level, his fitness level. Hopefully the answer will be yes.”

Arteta will certainly not rush Timber back from injury; however, given the other issues the Gunners have faced at full-back, the Arsenal boss will be hoping he can feel like a new signing upon his return. Jakub Kiwior has been forced to play left-back in the continued absence of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Poland international was again in the right position in the 4-1 victory against Newcastle, where he also scored Arsenal’s nineteenth goal from a set-piece. An own goal from Sven Botman and a strike from Kai Havertz put Arsenal in control, but the score line was not a reflection of their dominance.

Newcastle were fortunate to still be in the game at the interval, and Timber certainly showed his enjoyment by watching the opening 45 minutes. On Instagram, he posted a picture of the half-time stats, which showed Arsenal had 11 shots, with four of those on target and six corners, compared to Newcastle’s zero in each of those categories.

Prior to Kiwior’s header, Bukayo Saka added a third with his seventh goal in five league games. The Magpies scored a late consolation goal through former Arsenal star Joe Willock to put a dampener on the evening, but the important three points picked up saw Arteta’s side move to just a few points behind both Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League table.