Reiss Nelson is expected to move out on loan before the January deadline, but he’d prefer a move to mainland Europe over the Championship.
James Benge of CBS Sports reports that Gabriel Martinelli’s return and the signing of Martin Odegaard has eased any potential Arsenal fears of needing Reiss Nelson as an emergency option later in the season.
As a result, they’re willing to send him on loan, with interest from the Championship and in Germany, including Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim.
The winger himself would prefer the move to Europe, having rejected the chance to join Leeds United on loan last season.
A move to the Championship isn’t completely off the table, though. You’d think it’s what Arsenal might prefer, after seeing Emile Smith Rowe’s progress with Huddersfield. There’s more certainty about game time when someone like Nelson drops down a league.
As brightly as Nelson began his previous loan spell with Hoffenheim, he ended it having failed to make a start in five consecutive months. It was still a good experience for him then, but that kind of spell wouldn’t be so useful now.
Nelson just needs to play, and we can only hope Arsenal and the player’s representatives find the right club for him to do that.