Unai Emery says that Reiss Nelson’s loan move was designed to give the player competitive football so he can develop as a player before returning to Arsenal to stake a claim to place in our first team.
The young Englishman has started his spell with Hoffenheim in excellent style, scoring five goals already – leading some to speculate he could be called up to the England senior squad in the near future.
His form was something the Arsenal boss was asked about in the build-up to tonight’s Europa League clash with Sporting, and he said he and his staff are keeping a close eye on his progress.
“He can take responsibility, minutes and confidence in a team where he can play more,” he said.
“Then the objective with him is to come back with us and grow with this experience. My experience in Spain and France is that with this loan the player can take this.
“With Reiss, we are very happy with him at the moment. We follow him every match.
“We are thinking how he can help us in the future.”
As for a January return, Emery appeared to more or less rule that out saying, “At the moment we don’t speak about that.”