Arsenal supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side record a tenth straight victory in all competitions on Monday night.
Unai Emery’s men went into their encounter with Leicester City in the Premier League off the back of six successive wins in the league, alongside two successes in the Europa League and indeed a 3-1 victory over Brentford in the Carabao Cup. And despite falling behind to Claude Puel’s Foxes on Monday, the Gunners’ excellent winning streak continued as a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang alongside a Mesut Ozil strike sealed a 3-1 success for the North London giants, thus keeping them two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Arsenal fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter in recent times to praise young forward Reiss Nelson, with many calling for Emery to recall him in January.
And while the 18-year-old is performing very well indeed on loan at German side Hoffenheim, those Arsenal supporters calling for his return are so wrong, as things are going so well for the forward that to disrupt that in bringing him back to a club where he is unlikely to play would be counter-productive.
Ultimately, the Gunners sanctioned Nelson’s loan to the Bundesliga club back in the summer likely as a result of the lack of playing time he would have at the Emirates Stadium this season, what with Emery very well-stocked in the final third of the pitch.
And in winning ten straight matches and playing some excellent attacking football in that time, Emery has clearly made the right call in allowing Nelson the time away from the club, what with the Gunners themselves not suffering, and the 18-year-old himself reaping the rewards of regular football.
The forward has been an absolute revelation at Hoffenheim in netting four goals in just six appearances for the German side to help them to eighth place in the Bundesliga, three goals of which coming in his last two league matches.
Thus, Nelson is clearly enjoying his football in Germany but more importantly is getting the opportunity of regular game time at a competitive level – playing in Premier League 2 is all well and good, but nothing can prepare one for the future better than regular football at an elite level.
As such, it’s perhaps unsurprising that some Gunners fans are calling for Emery to bring the youngster back to Arsenal come the New Year, but doing so would completely defeat the point of sending him out on loan in the first place – one rich vein of form shouldn’t immediately prompt his recall.
And returning to the Emirates Stadium is unlikely to do the 18-year-old any favours given it would still be unlikely that he’d command regular football – he may get the odd cup game, but regular starts in the Premier League are far from certain.
Whereas he appears to be slowly but surely getting to grips with life at Hoffenheim in starting their last league match and indeed appearing in their Champions League draw with Lyon on Tuesday night – why change something that is working for something that simply won’t benefit the 18-year-old?
Thus, those Arsenal fans calling for Emery to make a bold January decision are so wrong, as they should let Nelson continue to play his trade and improve at Hoffenheim.
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