Arteta comes to major decision over future of Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson

Date published: Tuesday 23rd February 2021 6:00 - Robert McCarthy

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Arsenal will reportedly listen to offers for Reiss Nelson this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to get rid of of some of his fringe stars at the Emirates.

The 21-year-old has spent of the whole of the current season on the fringes of Arteta’s squad. Indeed, he has made just two Premier League appearances, both from the bench.

The attacker was re-introduced into the senior side by Unai Emery at the start of last season. That came after an impressive loan spell at Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in 2018/19.

However, Nelson lost his place when Arteta took the reins in north London, and it appears he will be sold this summer.

That is according to CBS Sports, who claim that Nelson is surplus to requirements. That is all the while Arteta has Bukayo Saka, Willian and Nicolas Pepe to call on.

Arteta revealed earlier in the season that Nelson chose to stay and fight for place, rather than go out on loan.

“We ended up with a large squad at the end of the transfer market,” said Arteta.

“We had a few plans in mind with Reiss. One of them was as well to send him on loan to get more minutes because of the competition we have upfront.

“The reality is he has been really good in training. He wants to stay here. He wants to fight for his place.”

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Arteta remains unconvinced 

But it appears Nelson, who is contracted until 2023, has been unable to convince Arteta he should play more.

The academy graduate has made eight appearances in all competitions this term and has a goal an assist to his name.

Nelson’s cause hasn’t been helped by knee and head injuries, but it would appear that his time is up at Arsenal.

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