Arsenal: Reiss Nelson’s future still up in the air
Reiss Nelson’s future at Arsenal remains up in the air and a number of clubs are interested in signing him, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Nelson out of favour
Mikel Arteta has a core of consistent performers at the Emirates Stadium, with eight players starting at least 20 games in the current Premier League campaign for the Gunners, but Nelson isn’t one of them.
The 23-year-old has just two top-flight appearances to his name this season, both of which were from the substitutes’ bench, meaning that he has been a peripheral figure in north London.
Nelson’s current Arsenal deal expires at the end of this season, at which point a decision will have to be made regarding his future.
The Latest: Nelson’s Arsenal future still unclear
Taking to Twitter, Romano provided an update on the 23-year-old’s situation, admitting that various scenarios are still possible amid widespread interest in Nelson, who is reportedly content to remain at Arsenal.
The Italian tweeted:
“Reiss Nelson future, still not decided as talks over new deal with Arsenal are not advanced at this stage – his contract expires in June with many clubs interested.
“Understand Nelson would be happy to stay but there are no concrete negotiations yet – up to Arsenal.”
The Verdict: Time to leave this summer?
Nelson is a talented player who has been at Arsenal for a few years now – Arteta has hailed him for ‘really evolving‘ this season – but it does feel as though minutes will continue to be few and far between for him at the Emirates.
At 23, he is older than regular starters Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, highlighting how much more quickly they have become key players in N5, and it could make sense for him to enjoy a fresh challenge elsewhere.
That would allow the £15,000-per-week Nelson to become a regular starter for another club instead of someone who will likely struggle to ever be a part of Arteta’s strongest team.
It would certainly be no disaster for Arsenal if he were to stay put, allowing him to keep improving under his current boss, but it does look as though he will never quite make the grade in the same way that some of his younger attacking team-mates already have.