Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson set to join Hoffenheim after stalling on new contract under Unai Emery
- Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson set to complete move to Hoffenheim this week
- Nelson has less than a year remaining on his current contract at Arsenal
- The England U19 international played 16 first-team games for Arsenal last seson
Nelson’s contract at Arsenal expires next summer and the 18-year-old has yet to commit to a new deal.
As reported by Goal, the England Under-19 international, who can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder, is now poised to join Hoffenheim.
Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson is set to leave and sign for German side Hoffenheim
Nelson has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Arsenal first team under Unai Emery
Nelson is eager to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, who left Manchester City last year and is now impressing for the Borussia Dortmund first-team.
Widely seen as one of the most talented youngsters that Arsenal have produced for many years, Nelson graduated from the Gunners’ Hale End academy to sign scholarship terms in 2016.
Nelson played 16 times for the Arsenal first-team last season but is now back in the U23 squad
REISS NELSON’S 2017-18 SEASON
Premier League: Three appearances
Europa League: Eight appearances
FA Cup: One appearance
League Cup: Three appearances
Community Shield: One appearance
Total: 16 appearances
Premier League 2: 11 appearances, nine goals, three assists
Last season he made 16 appearances for the Arsenal first team but has yet to play a competitive game for the senior side since the appointment of Unai Emery.
Known for his excellent technique, pace and dribbling, Nelson was named the Premier League 2 player of the season last campaign as Arsenal’s U23 side won the title.
Nelson scored nine goals and provided three assists in 11 Premier League 2 games last season and featured for the first-team in pre-season this summer.
A host of talented youngsters have elected to leave Arsenal in recent years, including Marcus McGuane, who joined Barcelona and Stephy Mavididi, who made the switch to Juventus.
Rather than waiting for opportunities in cup games, it seems Nelson is eager to receive regular playing time elsewhere and could make the switch to Hoffenheim before the German transfer window closes on Friday.