Where Does Reiss Nelson Go From Here?
There were interested parties in Nelson over the winter, namely from Bundesliga sides. Having seen what he can produce in the division from his time at Hoffenheim when on-song, it’s little surprise.
That spell, while producing six goals and an assist across a seven-game run, turned sour in the second half of the season as concerns over his attitude emerged. There were disciplinary issues that resulted in him being either consigned to making an impact off the bench or being exempt from the squad entirely.
While inexcusable, being abroad at 18 clearly had an impact. History will then have played a part in Arsenal not wanting to loan him back out to Germany despite the flurry of interest. Thus, a move in England seemed the best fit. Yet once again, having reviewed the options that came almost solely from the Championship, it was felt he was better off staying in north London.
It’s hard to shirk the feeling that this was a missed opportunity. With suitors willing to grant him regular playing time, even if it is in the second tier or abroad, surely those options are more beneficial than playing for the Under-23 side as is to be expected.
The situation leaves Nelson’s career at a crossroads. With 47 Arsenal appearances to his name and impressing in the Europa League having just turned 21, this season is now essentially a write-off. A waste, in truth.
Nobody benefits from the way the campaign has panned out and the only reason behind that must be put down to Arteta’s lack of faith in the forward, whether that’s down to his attitude or merely not favouring his profile for the team.
Come the summer Nelson will have two years remaining on his deal, and with speculation linking Arsenal to a host of forward options this summer, his days appear numbered. If a summer sale is being eyed, then not allowing him to leave damages whatever value the Gunners had in mind.
Nelson clearly has talent, something he’s proved in Europe this term. Not being able to demonstrate that limits his options in the summer and reduces whatever hopes there were of an Arsenal comeback.
In a window to remember, Nelson now risks being forgotten.