Quinten Timber sends Kai Havertz seven-word message as Edu given Arsenal transfer recommendation

Quinten Timber has been tipped to follow his twin, Jurrien, to Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window

Quinten Timber

Quinten Timber asked Kai Havertz to relay a message to his brother and Arsenal defender, Jurrien, following Germany’s 2-1 win over Netherlands. Niclas Füllkrug, who replaced the former Chelsea ace in the second half, netted the winner for Julian Nagelsmann’s side in the last minutes at the Deutsche Bank Park on Tuesday evening.

After the final whistle, Havertz approached his teammates’ twin, who’s briefly been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium recently – one year on from his brother’s arrival. As the Gunners forward wrapped his arm around the Feyenoord midfielder, Quinten turned and said: “Say hi to my brother for me.”

Havertz smiled and replied, though the on-field camera crew couldn’t capture his response. During the international break, Arne Slot suggested that Quinten is good enough to play for Arsenal alongside his twin, who joined from Ajax last year.

The Netherlands international, who sees his contract at De Kuip expire in 2026, has featured 25 times in the Eredivisie this season, scoring six goals and providing six assists. Speaking on Dutch outlet Ziggo Sport, as quoted by Voetbal Zone, the Feyenoord manager was quizzed on Quinten’s future.

“If he continues to develop as he has in the past year, his ceiling is extremely high,” said Slot. “Because he has made great development in the past year. I think he is a very special player because he has the strength and speed in midfield to create a surplus.

“And I also think he has a very good mentality and is a very good boy. I think they (the Timber brothers) are both very good. That one is already at Arsenal, and I don’t think it is ruled out that Quinten should also be able to go to a club of that calibre.”

While Quinten has been enjoying a decent vein of form this term, Jurrien has spent a large majority of the campaign in the treatment room. The 22-year-old defender suffered a nasty injury on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

After scans and further assessments, the north London outfit later revealed that Timber had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. The Dutchman has recently returned to training as he continues his recovery and it remains to be seen exactly when he could make his return.

Speaking to reporters at the end of last month, Mikel Arteta issued an update on Timber. The Spaniard said: “He has been a joy, all the physios and medical staff are very happy with his attitude and his commitment and especially the way things have gone but it is not a coincidence.

“The way he applies (himself), how determined he is, his willingness to put every effort into everything he is demanded to do. He is in a really good place, now we have to manage him because he is in the last stage of that difficult injury and it is complicated but I think he is in the right way.”

Then, when asked what Arsenal have missed in his absence, Arteta added: “First of all his leadership, his versatility, the quality that he has to play in different positions, especially in attacking phases and the spaces he can occupy are certain qualities nobody else in the squad has to do that. You could tell that he was fitting in, he is really liked around the boys and he has been a big miss.”


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