Hoffenheim boss confirms interest in Reiss Nelson

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Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann has confirmed his desire to sign Reiss Nelson on loan from Arsenal, but insists the deal is not yet done.

One of the sticking points may be the conclusion of a new deal for the 18 year old as the Gunners want to secure his future before giving the green light for the departure.

The club have been trying to tie him down to new terms for some time now and hope to bring things to a conclusion this week, at which point he can spend the 2018-19 season with the Bundesliga outfit.

Speaking today, Nagelsmann said, “We’ve taken an interest in Reiss Nelson, I can disclose that, but nothing is set in stone as there are still things to clear up.

“If it all works out, we’ll have a player with great pace who can do a lot with the ball.”

The transfer window for clubs outside England closes tomorrow, although loans can be made to Football League teams, and it appears that Nelson is going to be the only departure of note despite rumours involving Alexandre Lacazette and Mohamed Elneny.

For more on Reiss Nelson and this potential move, check out this Arseblog post.

Why Reiss Nelson going to Germany would be good for him and for Arsenal

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Goontang
Goontang

So glad we’ve got so many options out wide this year we can afford to send our most promising one out on loan.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I see what you did there.

Martin
Martin

Well we did that with our best centre half

Pedant
Pedant

Kos is injured.

Martin
Martin

I meant available and please tell me which centre half playing is better than Chambers.

Caught in two minds
Caught in two minds

So initiating contact with Naggeldman in the process? Perhaps in 3 years time after Unai steadies the ship?…i always wanted him as the successor to Arsene but dont think he is ready yet for Arsenal

LVACC
LVACC

He already put pen on paper for Leipzig, so…

Caught in two minds
Caught in two minds

@LVACC… hence the 3 year’s time, after he wins the Bundesliga with Leipzig and proves himself as an winner.

Pedant
Pedant

No way Alexandre Lacazette and Mohamed Elneny should be going anywhere, especially Laca.

Sounds a good move for Nelson, get his experience up. Will get his Horatio of playing time higher than if he stayed.

Monkey Nuts
Monkey Nuts

Was your Horatio an intentional pun?

Ferg
Ferg

Either that or his pred text has a fucking odd vocabulary.

Pedant
Pedant

Makes sense with Nelson. Couldn’t think of a Column joke.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

It was punintentional.

Martin
Martin

Why suggest that Lacazette or Elneny are leaving? Ignore the fake news about Lacazette.

Pedant
Pedant

See the original post for this.

Oberon
Oberon

I was hoping we’d get rid of Elneny, he’s average at best.

santori
santori

Elneny is average agreed.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Thanks for the update Julian.
And heaven forbid anything goes wrong with Emery in the next few years, but if it does, it’s good Julian will have a lot of experience with Nelson, as I will help in his transition as future potential Arsenal boss.

Rich
Rich

Emery is top class
Cheers to another 23 years of Unai Emery 👌

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

What? You know he’s set to manage Leipzig next season, right?
And when you start working for Red Bull you can’t just leave. They force 25 Red Bulls into you everyday so you can’t sleep. Work work work. And when theu feel they’re done with you, the put you in a small storage space with an actual bull for a week (bulls get hungry). Try and get out of that one.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

“Try and get out of that one”

Pfft, easy. Red bull gives you wings, so he’ll fly his way out of there.

santori
santori

Baffling decision if he goes on loan considering our options in terms of wide players.

Nketiah is a possibility in and around the squad as is Smith Rowe but Nketiah is more an out and out direct player where Nelson provides a good balance of guile and pace out wide and thereby goals and assists.

Don’t know what it will serve us for him to go on loan. We need more options on the right without over committing Bellerin. Mhkitaryan is not an out and out wide player with any pace either. One option maybe to use Bellerin and Lichsteiner in tandem but that’s also a bit more defensive ala what Wenger attempted with Gibbs and Monreal on other flank.

If we knew there was a chance we would contemplate Nelson going out on loan, we should have brought someone in.

It all doesn’t seem to be properly thought out.

We don’t save any wages with Nelson. Meanwhile we have players like Elneny and Jenkinson taking up good money and still on periphery.

At the same time, we were also content with letting Calum on loan when he showed most promise in pre-season over the error prone Holding and untested Mavropanos.

I’m not sure what Emery’s thinking is here.

Maybe he thinks Welbeck can slot as an option up top and we have Aubameyang left side so that’s 3 wide players in Auba left, Iwobi both flanks and Mhki right.

But there’s a lot of games to play and we do ourselves no harm if we had an extra option.

Considering Mhki’s age, the time for Nelson to step up is now.

Don’t understand what we are doing.

santori
santori

Current squad –

……………………………………Lacazette/Welbeck…………………………………………..
Auba/Iwobi………………………..Ozil/Ramsey…………………………………Mhki/??????
………………..Granit/Guendouzi……………..Torreira/AMN……………………………….
Kola/Monreal……………………………………………………………….Bellerin/Lichsteiner
……………………….Sokratis/Mavro………..Mustafi/Holding………………………………
……………………………………….Cech/Leno…………………………………………………

Youth – Nketiah, Smith-Rowe

Excess – Elneny, Jenko

Still may have a role for average Elneny considering our injury record and he is content coming off the bench. Besides won’t find a ready buyer.

Spare spot for a wide right player IMO. Iwobi can play there too but best to have Nelson as an option.

We could have bought Lozano or Neres or Thauvin even possibly Carrasco last summer. Maybe we had to spend a little more but with looming kit deal (Adidas) we are not showing sufficient gumption to lower the odds for the incoming gaffer.

Cback looks iffy at best. Mustafi has faults , Sokratis does not look like the pacy player we need and Holding has even more faults whilst Mavropanos is largely untested. Unambitious (band aid) business in the summer as far as this position is concern.

Martin
Martin

Elneny is far better than average and is more than a useful squad player who seldom lets us down. I guarantee if he was on the market there would be plenty of offers

Mother
Mother

Well, it was widely reported that Elneny WAS “on the market” over the summer but guess what; he’s still here… I don’t necessarily agree that he’s average but lets not kid ourselves into thinking that he’d be snapped up by any of the other top 6 sides in the Premier League, let alone a top European club.

I'm 14 again
I'm 14 again

Well he signed a new contract. That’s probably sufficient to keep other clubs thinking they would be priced out