Reiss Nelson extended his long run of matches without a start this weekend, as Julian Nagelsmann benched him again in a 4-1 defeat to Wolfsburg.
The last time Nelson was named in the Hoffenheim starting eleven for a Bundesliga game was back on December 15th, when they faced Borussia Monchengladbach. The 19-year-old has had even fewer opportunities in the cups and in Europe, failing to make a single start before his team exited both.
Things were no different for the winger on Sunday, as Nagelsmann left him out of the starting lineup to face VfL Wolfsburg. Nelson did at least manage to come on for a 17-minute substitute appearance, but Hoffenheim were already behind by that point and there was nothing the Englishman could do to change that.
In 2017/18, Nelson played 734 minutes of senior football under Arsene Wenger, as well as 986 minutes for the u23s. This campaign, he’s played 747 minutes. That means that until Sunday, he still hadn’t played as many first-team minutes as he was already getting with Arsenal.
It’s a bit disappointing Nelson isn’t featuring more, especially when he’s scored a goal every 107 minutes for his loan side. Hopefully, his year abroad working under a different coach will still have given him plenty of positive experience to bring back next year though.