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Feyenoord loan gives Reiss Nelson his last Arsenal chance

After completing his loan move to Feyenoord on the final day of the summer transfer window, Reiss Nelson is set for his last realistic chance to prove he can still make it at Arsenal.There was an element of fortune about the way Nelson’s late move to the Netherlands came about. Feyenoord had been pushing to bring in Manchester United youngster Amad Diallo, but when Diallo picked up an injury, they turned instead to the Arsenal winger.Even then, it wasn’t an easy move to make. Nelson had a contract with the Gunners, but only for one more year. Agreeing a loan move to Feyenoord meant first extending his contract, something the two parties had failed to manage up until the end of the window.But up against the clock, everything worked out in the end. Arsenal and Nelson reached an agreement to extend his deal to 2023, one extra year, and Arsenal and Feyenoord finalised a loan transfer for the current campaign.To make it as a professional footballer at the top level, you absolutely need that little bit of luck sometimes. All players that make it get it, whether it’s an injury to a player in your position, the timely departure of someone senior ahead of you, or a new manager that just happens to take to you. Even the most talented players can fail if the circumstances are against them.After they get their break, it’s up to the player themselves to prove that they deserve more, and that’s the stage Nelson is at now.It’s sometimes easy to forget how highly rated Nelson was just a few seasons ago. He was the Premier League 2 Player of the Season as the Arsenal u23s won the title, he made his debut against Chelsea at 17 that same campaign, and he was breaking records at Hoffenheim the next year following a fantastic goalscoring start to life in the Bundesliga.He was a regular in the England u21s, and often drew comparisons to the likes of Jadon Sancho as one of the country’s top up-and-coming talents.Advert InsertedThen his luck turned. He picked up a couple of untimely injuries in the 2019/20 season, and watched Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nail down starting spots.Mikel Arteta came in, and Nelson turned down loan moves to try and impress the new boss first-hand, but instead he fell even further out of favour as the younger Saka and Emile Smith Rowe shone ahead of him.The result is that the pressure is on for him this season. He has a good loan to a club where he should get plenty of games in a side fighting near the top of their table, but it’s hard to see a world where he struggles for a year and then Arteta miraculously throws him back in the Arsenal first team anyway. He has to perform now.A strong year, helping to push Feyenoord up the table with some goals and assists, will give the Arsenal boss something to think about. It would also give Nelson some leverage if he can draw interest from elsewhere.Another opportunity has finally presented itself to him, and he needs to take advantage.