With the imminent departure of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus moving ever closer, it seems Arsenal aren’t wasting any time in considering potential candidates to replace the Welshman – an energetic, hard-working, goal-scoring, creative midfielder. According to German outlet Bild, one of the names on the club’s radar is Kemir Demirbay of TSG Hoffenheim.
Reiss Nelson is no doubt one of the most promising youngsters at Arsenal. He enjoyed some cameo appearances for the Gunners before a shock loan move last summer to German club Hoffenheim.
In truth, the youngster has experienced mixed fortunes in his temporary spell in the Bundesliga. However, Nelson the experience of playing in one of Europe’s top leagues and in European competition can only be good for him.
Mixed fortunes after a bright start
Nelson looked set for a sensational campaign in the German top-flight, as he scored six goals in his first seven appearances in the Bundesliga. His early form in German led to Nelson’s first call-up to the England under-21’s team.
Many eyebrows were raised among Arsenal supporters when they heard the news that highly-rated youngster Reiss Nelson was leaving in the summer. The move to German club Hoffenheim was only temporary of course, as the winger had signed a new deal prior to his switch to the Bundesliga outfit.
Needed a loan move
At just 18 years of age, Nelson is still very much a youngster. He has featured for Arsenal in cameos, but understandable considering his age has not featured on a regular basis for the Gunners.
Speaking to the BBC, Reiss Nelson has revealed his wish to become an Arsenal legend one day.
The 18-year-old has joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for the 2018/19 season after signing a five-year contract extension with the Gunners, and it’s proving to be valuable experience in terms of his development. In fact, he has even played in three Champions League games this season, which is, unfortunately, something that the rest of Arsenal cannot say about themselves.
It’s always great to see Gunners thriving and succeeding away from the world of Premier League football, because let’s face it, not everyone is capable of doing great things either at the Emirates or away from it. We’ve seen players come and go without really making much of an impact, but over the years, we haven’t seen too many English stars going abroad and making a name for themselves before returning to Arsenal Football Club. Now, though, it seems as if that’s what is going to transpire with Reiss Nelson.
Reiss Nelson is without a doubt one of Arsenal’s brightest young prospects. In the summer, Gunners boss Unai Emery rather surprisingly decided to allow the youngster to join German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on a season-long loan deal.
Eying up a first-team spot at Arsenal
Despite his temporary summer move, Nelson is looking forward to returning to Arsenal and playing first-team football. Talking about making the move to Germany, the youngster told Talksport: “It was difficult,”
According to Sky Sports, Celtic have completed the signing of Armstrong Okoflex, who came through the ranks of Arsenal’s academy. The 16-year-old lad signed a three-year deal with the Scottish champions and he hopes to make his first-team debut this season.
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, now in charge at Celtic, spoke with Okoflex about his decision to give Raheem Sterling his first proper shot, thus proving he is not averse to giving chances to very young players. Born in Dublin, the young forward has played a few games for the Ireland U16 team, while at Arsenal he played for both U-16 and U18, but never for the first team.
Hoffenheim have confirmed their interest in Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson, according to various reports.
Manager Julian Nagelsmann, one of the youngest head coaches in Europe, revealed as much publicly. He couldn’t say any more than that because nothing has been agreed yet and there is a lot to be discussed before anything is put on paper.
One of the most important issues to resolve first is whether the youngster would be sold or sign a new contract with Arsenal before leaving on loan, as his current deal expires next summer. His readiness to commit his long-term future to the Gunners was reported back in April, when it became known that Nelson would choose to remain at the Emirates amid interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.