Arsenal starlet explains main reason for trying his luck in the Bundesliga

Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson has come clean on why he was happy to test himself in the Bundesliga this season, rather than try fight his way into the first-team reckoning under Unai Emery.

The 18-year-old caught the eye under the watchful eye of Arsenal’s new Spanish head coach during pre-season but opted to move to Hoffenheim on loan, with the temporary move catching many by surprise.

And the teenager has made an impressive start to life in Germany, scoring twice in four appearances, and having an England Under-21 call-up bestowed on him as a result for their upcoming matches against Andorra and Scotland.

When asked why he had opted to try his luck in the Bundesliga rather than chance his arm at Arsenal, Nelson had no hesitation in naming Julian Nagelsmann as a significant factor.

“A loan wasn’t always my first option, but when I heard the Bundesliga and Hoffenheim was an option for me and working with the manager there, it was something I wanted to do,” Nelson told the FA’s official website.

“Julian’s a great manager and he’s got belief in young players so it’s a good place for me to go and play.

“He’s [Nagelsmann] very young, he’s only 31 and I think it’s important to go to a team and a coach who believes in you, so he was the main reason because he is willing to play us.”

Much like another youngster making his way in the game over in Germany – Jadon Sancho – Nelson has admitted leaving England for Germany was difficult at first, but definitely the right option for his development.

“It was hard to leave my boyhood club Arsenal, it’s still my dream to play for Arsenal, but I know I have to put that on hold and go and play abroad to get some experience in Germany,” he said.

“So I’m trying to do my stuff there, get stronger and come back ready to play for Arsenal’s first team, so I had to take the opportunity to go there.

“I’ve settled in well and I’m enjoying it. My dad is German too, from near Munich, so I knew what to expect and I’m learning the language with an app called Babbel and it’s going well.”

 

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