Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson to give Mikel Arteta fresh dilemma after promising development at Feyenoord

Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson at Feyenoord

On loan Arsenal winger, Reiss Nelson, could play a part in Mikel Arteta’s forward line next year if the comments of Feyenoord’s Frank Arnesen are anything to go by.

Nelson has spent a season in the top flight of the Netherlands and has impressed his parent club. The 22-year-old has seemingly prospered away from the bright lights of north London.

Nelson has appeared 31 times over the course of the season and has provided eight assists so far.

The winger burst onto the scene at the tender age of 18 under former coach, Arsene Wenger. Since then, however, the England Under-21 international has mainly played his football away from Arsenal via a pair of loan spells.

Due to his good form at Feyenoord this season, however, it looks likely that the winger will return to Arsenal and fight for his place this summer.

That’s according to a report from Dutch outlet, Algemeen Dagblad, who state that a return ‘seems obvious’.

The report is summarised by Sport Witness who cite comments from Feyenoord chief, Frank Arnesen. He further backed up the claims by saying it will be ‘almost impossible’ to bring Nelson back to Rotterdam. That’s despite Feyenoord wanting him back next season if given the choice.

Arnesen also went on to say that “in a final contract year, they don’t rent players anymore”. That further reiterates the fact that a second loan deal seems unlikely.

How Reiss Nelson would fit in Arsenal’s set up

The report also claims that the lack of hope from Feyenoord’s side is because Arsenal have ‘already indicated that Nelson has developed very promisingly in Rotterdam.’

This begs the question, how would the winger fit into Mikel Arteta’s plans?

Throughout the course of the season, Arsenal have used a 4-2-3-1 formation with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli on either wing.

Nicolas Pepe is commonly used as a back-up despite being the club’s record signing. Pepe has only appeared a few times so far this season.

Martinelli and Saka both came through the youth ranks at the Gunners much like Nelson has. The pair are now among the first names on the team sheet which gives hope that Nelson will gain minutes.

Nelson can be deployed on either wing and has been known to play centrally from time to time. A player with the versatility Nelson has would be an invaluable member of Arteta’s attack.

The winger also possesses great pace and and an eye for a pass. These are key attributes Arteta aspires for his team to harness.

If the 22-year-old is brought back to showcase his talent, he will likely contend for a starting place.

The Gunners have, however, been consistently linked with Gabriel Jesus in recent weeks which could result in Nelson getting less game time upon his return.