Arsenal 21yo winger to leave this summer

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)

Reiss Nelson is expecting to leave Arsenal in the summer after being excluded from the matchday squad again on Sunday.

Reiss Nelson with the Arsenal u23s at Meadow Park (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Reiss Nelson with the Arsenal u23s at Meadow Park (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Although he arrived with the Arsenal squad to face West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, Reiss Nelson didn’t make the bench for the match. He was only involved as the extra man on that occasion, in case of emergencies.

As a result, Nelson has still only made the Premier League squad on four occasions in 2021, and he hasn’t played a single minute. The only senior football he’s appeared in this year was in the FA Cup third-round match against Newcastle United.

James Benge wrote on Twitter that Nelson is expecting to leave in the summer, so that seems a likely explanation for why he’s not featuring.

Just over a week ago, Mikel Arteta claimed there are no issues with Nelson in training, and it was just a case of too much competition in front of him. The manager blamed himself for not using the winger more.

But we can only hope other clubs take him seriously on that point and still think Nelson is worth buying this summer. His value is certainly not going to be as high as if he were playing some football occasionally.