Arsenal are expected to finally announce Reiss Nelson’s new contract ‘soon’ according to the S*n.
Around two weeks ago it was reported that Nelson had agreed a new five-year deal but there has been no update from the club.
The S*n’s Daniel Cutt’s was the first to break the news about Iwobi’s contract at the start of August.
Nelson’s contract with Arsenal expires next summer and there has been some concern amongst a small section of fans regarding the lack of chatter about a renewal.
In his report on the matter, Cutts claimed that Nelson will sign a new five-year deal after impressing during pre-season.
The 18-year-old has yet to be included in an Unai Emery matchday squad this season. Although there has been no mention of an injury, he was also missing from the u23’s epic 6-5 defeat against Manchester City last weekend yet was pictured in training with the first team last week in the run-up to the Chelsea game
Nelson has been with Arsenal since he was just nine-years-old and has emerged as one of the brightest talents to come from Colney in a long time.
His new deal will also come with a ‘bumper’ payrise. It’s not clear how much he currently earns, but Alex Iwobi was on £30kpw prior to signing his new contract while Krystian Bielik, who is nowhere near the first team, is currently on £25kpw.
Nelson signed his first professional contract with the club two years ago. Speaking in April about signing a new deal, Nelson said, “It is a big achievement to sign for a big club like Arsenal so I’m just delighted with the contract and hopeful that I can sign it soon.”
The April interview was given just two days before Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving the club. While it’s not clear what the hold up has been in getting the deal finalised it is most likely just down to the turbulence behind the scenes at the club than anything more sinister.
There was some suggestion that Nelson was holding the club to ransom but there is no evidence to suggest this has been the case.