Reiss Nelson & Arsenal
Reiss Nelson came up through Arsenal’s youth academy, before breaking into the club’s first-team setup last season.
Nelson was farmed out on loan from Arenal to Hoffenheim last summer.
In the first half of the season, Nelson was superb for Hoffenheim.
A regular in the Bundesliga, Nelson scored six goals in eleven games before the new year.
The 19-year-old also impressed for Hoffenheim in the Champions League before the Village Team were knocked out.
On Thursday, the Times have caught up with Nelson to check in with how he’s getting on on the continent.
Nelson’s deal at Hoffenheim expires in the summer, and the 19-year-old has confirmed he hopes to break into Arsenal’s first team in 2019-20:
If I wasn’t aiming to break into the Arsenal first team, that wouldn’t be the correct mindset.
I need to go there with that mindset of breaking into that team.
Reiss Nelson’s competition at the Gunners
Will Reiss Nelson be able to lock down a starting spot at Arsenal in 2019-20?
The teenager faces stiff competition in the Gunners attack positions.
Unai Emery has shown a reluctance to play both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as an attacking duo.
Accordingly Aubameyang has often be shunted to a wide left position, which is one role Nelson could fill in north London.
Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi are other attacking midfielders who would appear to be above Nelson in Unai Emery’s pecking order.
That said, a spot is opening up at Arsenal as Aaron Ramsey is joining Juventus as a free agent.