Arsenal drop huge Ben White position hint as £34.2m Jurrien Timber transfer confirmation ‘leaked’

Arsenal drop huge Ben White position hint as £34.2m Jurrien Timber transfer confirmation ‘leaked’

Mikel Arteta’s clever decision to sign Jurrien Timber will greatly strengthen Arsenal’s defense by providing depth and competition. According to football.london, Arsenal may spend up to £38.5m for the Netherlands international, with an initial fee of £34.2m and potential add-ons of £4.3m.

Timber, who played as a right-back for Ajax last season, would often move into midfield, similar to OIeksandr Zinchenko’s role at Emirates Stadium.

 Arteta values tactical versatility in his full-backs, which he developed during his time at Manchester City. Arsenal prioritized bolstering their defensive options, and Timber’s signing will grant Arteta more flexibility in adjusting formations.

Ben White had an impressive season as an attacking right-back, contributing two goals and five assists. However, his position in the starting lineup is uncertain. Due to Arteta’s preference for versatile players, it may be assumed that Timber would replace White on the right side of the defense.

Nevertheless, White was initially signed by Arsenal as a central defender. If Timber takes his spot, White could potentially move to the center alongside either William Saliba or Gabriel Magalhaes. 

Arsenal’s first official pre-season friendly against Nurnberg is approaching, and there are hopes that Timber will be able to debut in that match.

As of now, no official announcement has been made regarding Timber’s signing, which was expected to happen on Wednesday. However, a leaked image supposedly taken from the Arsenal server, shared by Twitter user @ars_informer, shows Timber’s official picture.

 Despite the lack of official confirmation, it suggests that White will continue playing at right-back. Arsenal has also hinted at this possibility through their training images.

During a conversation, Ben White was seen talking with his teammate Bukayo Saka and the new attacking coach Hussain Isa, who is known to focus on offensive strategies.

 While the specific topic of their discussion is unknown, it is likely that they were talking about Arsenal’s plans to build attacks from the right in the upcoming friendlies. 

This strongly suggests that White will continue in his role as a right-back for the time being.

A potential suggestion has emerged that could allow for the inclusion of both Ben White and Jurrien Timber in the team’s lineup. This alternative plan might also require a positional adjustment for Declan Rice. However, there is a lack of specific information regarding the details of this proposed option and its implementation.

There has been a suggested alternative option that could potentially involve including both Ben White and Jurrien Timber in the lineup. This proposed option also entails assigning Declan Rice a new role.

peaking to talkSPORT, journalist Alex Crook said: “I’m interested to see what happens with Ben White because we know they’re going to bring in Jurrien Timber.”

“I think he might move up to a sort of John Stones midfield role, I wouldn’t rule that out. So, he might well be the holding midfielder and that will enable Declan Rice to go further forward.”

Arsenal drop huge Ben White position hint as £34.2m Jurrien Timber transfer confirmation ‘leaked’

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