Arsenal reportedly want to bring in Ivan Perisic, with the Evening Standard reporting that the Gunners are keen on move for the winger. Significantly, though, the club want a loan – meaning that he could return to Inter at the end of the season after a spell in the capital.
So far, they haven’t been able to agree a deal, but this still raises an interesting question – why a loan?
Could it be down to financial demands? Maybe. Arsenal have spent a lot recently and it’s certainly feasible that they want to slow it down somewhat.
However, what if something greater is at play here? What if the reason why Arsenal don’t want to commit to a long-term deal surrounds the future of one of their brightest young talents? Indeed, a loan move for Perisic could, and very well should, open the door for young Reiss Nelson to finally get a chance at the Emirates.
Of course, Nelson has had a fantastic few months on loan over in Germany. He’s bagged 6 goals despite starting just 5 games, and whilst he’s yet to truly become a regular, the talent is clear for all to see. He’s got tremendous dribbling, shooting and passing ability, and he’s a future star. However, he’s not ready yet.
In 6 months, though? Maybe.
If his development so far this season is anything to go by, the 19-year-old could go to another level entirely by the time next season rolls around. It makes no sense sending him out on another loan or even utilising him as merely a rotational option behind someone like Perisic, because he’s the future of the club.
Unai Emery has increasingly shown his desire to build for the future at Arsenal. Relatively young players like Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Bernd Leno have come in and will serve as the cornerstone of the next generation at the Emirates. At 29-years-old, Perisic would break that mould.
However, as a temporary fix, Arsenal would struggle to do better, and it leaves the door ajar for Nelson. It would be a stroke of genius.
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