Football has many phrases that go hand in hand with the sport, and one of them is perfect for a certain situation currently.
Reiss Nelson has come out and spoke of his desire to return to Arsenal and prove his worth – and the adage “like a new signing” does seem pretty succinct.
We have been crying out for width and if Nelson wasn’t one of our own, wouldn’t we be lauding the signing of the youngster? Seven goals in 23 matches in the Bundesliga from a wideman? Not yet 20?
We’d love a signing like that, and we’re getting that player – and whats more, Reiss Nelson wants nothing more than to return to Arsenal and do the club proud.
Reiss, when questioned about his future recently, said “Arsenal is my main goal. After the Euros, I’ll look to go back into pre-season, do that very strong and hopefully play for the team I love.”
However, Nelson confirmed that his place is far from certain at the club, stating “I haven’t spoken to Unai Emery. The recruitment team said I need to concentrate on the Euro’s and then we’ll get back into Arsenal later on.”
There have been many rumours of Arsenal’s chasing of wingers, with Hakim Ziyech, Ryan Fraser and a host of others all on our hit list, according to many news reports. This would mean Nelson would find it hard to get into the side, but with our restrictive transfer budget, bringing Nelson onto the fold would make economic sense, as well as footballing common sense.
Nelson being on loan at a top club in a top competition showed that even as a teenager, his progress is soaring, and with more experience, he will only get better. He has bags of pace, excellent close control, and is more than adept at providing a goal threat.
There will be errors, that comes with age, but in terms of potential, we couldn’t ask for a higher ceiling in terms of where he could reach.
If he does that in our colours, then we will have made the right call, and saved a load of precious budget in the process.
Playing Nelson is a no-brainer.