Kevin de Bruyne has labelled Arsenal’s triple transfer call on Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber as ‘big’ following their Community Shield win over Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

The Manchester City midfielder pointed out that Mikel Arteta started all three of his new boys against his side and that proved how important they already are to the Arsenal team, as he told his

Declan Rice started in the middle of the park and arrived as a club-record transfer, he was subbed off, whilst Jurrien Timber was played at left-back and Kai Havertz filled in for Gabriel Jesus up top.

It could be argued that it was the less-talked-about Dutch star that impressed the most because he was outstanding.

Rice got most of the spotlight this summer because of the fee Arsenal paid for his signature, whilst Havertz’s arrival from London rivals Chelsea raised a lot of eyebrows.

In the meanwhile, Timber went under the radar, and surprise, surprise, he was one of the best players on the pitch at Wembley, with Kevin de Bruyne sharing his thoughts on the club’s new captures.

I think they are good players,” said de Bruyne about the Rice, Havertz and Timber deals. “They look at what they need and they have bought them.

“I think they started all three, so that means they are big signings for them. Everybody is looking at their own team and every team has so much money, so everybody is always spending in this league and we know that. It gets tougher every year. One way or another, we try to maintain where we are.”

Timber stands above the rest

This is a signing that is worth getting excited about. Given what Timber can do, in regards to stepping into midfield from left-back or right-back, then he is going to be very important in this forthcoming campaign.

Not only that, his defensive duties were near-on faultless. He was hard to beat, he read the danger and dealt with any Man City threat.

It won’t be too long before some will be calling for him to partner William Saliba at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

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