According to James Benge, writing for CBS Soccer, Reiss Nelson is attracting attention from several Premier League clubs as he wavers on signing a contract extension with Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta was keen for the winger to head out on loan this time last year but the England under-21 international opted to stay at the Emirates to fight for his place. The decision didn’t really work in his favour and he ended the campaign with only nine appearances to his name – all of them before the end of January.
Having fallen behind Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in the pecking order, Nelson has a big decision to make about his future. He’s a talented boy who knows he needs to kick on which is why he’s likely taking reported interest from Crystal Palace, Brighton and Brentford very seriously.
Off the back of his decent spell with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, there are also clubs in Germany keeping tabs.
Benge reported earlier this month that Mikel Arteta wants to protect Nelson’s future value by offering him a contract extension before offering him out on loan. If he decides against that, it’s likely a permanent sale will be sanctioned with the player having only one year left on his contract.
The Gunners are also yet to decide on the fate of Joe Willock. In midweek, Mikel Arteta touched on the situation saying: “Joe is part of our plans, he’s our player and in the time that he is here we will try to make the most out of him.”
The second half of that sentence doesn’t seem nearly as definitive as the first which has sparked hope at Newcastle that we might be open to another loan or even a sale. Seven goals in seven consecutive Premier League games ensured the midfielder became a Geordie hero during his recent loan spell on Tyneside and manager Steve Bruce has spoken openly about recruiting him on a permanent basis.
The Telegraph (£) claim a loan is the most likely option with Arsenal, as is the case with Nelson, offering a contract extension first.