Arsenal 21yo to be given chance to prove himself on loan

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Reiss Nelson of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Reiss Nelson of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal are now looking into a potential Championship loan for Reiss Nelson this month, according to reports.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Reiss Nelson of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Europa League Group B stage match between Arsenal FC and Dundalk FC at Emirates Stadium on October 29, 2020. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Reiss Nelson of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Europa League Group B stage match between Arsenal FC and Dundalk FC at Emirates Stadium on October 29, 2020. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

As recently as earlier this week, the indications coming from journalists around Arsenal were that the club weren’t planning to loan Reiss Nelson out this month. The official line was that it was the injuries keeping him out, not squad selection.

However, the player is clearly fit now, and he still isn’t making the matchday squad for rotated FA Cup lineups like the one that faced Southampton on Saturday.

Mark Mann-Bryans reports that Arsenal are now looking into a loan, noting Emile Smith Rowe’s progress following his spell with Huddersfield last season. We may see some progression on a potential loan in the coming days.

James Benge wrote that Hertha BSC approached Arsenal over a loan in the summer, and Bayer Leverkusen have also previously expressed an interest.

It looks like a domestic loan is more likely at this point though, and there’ll surely be plenty of Championship clubs interested if the 21-year-old is available.