‘Arsenal is my main goal’ exciting £40m rated winger Nelson tells boss Unai Emery he wants to be at Emirates next season
England U21s winger Reiss Nelson insists breaking into the Arsenal team is his “main goal” after a season on loan at Hoffenheim.
The 19-year-old made 23 appearances and scored seven goals in the Bundesliga last season for Hoffenheim, as he made an impressive breakthrough campaign.
But there has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media all suggesting that Unai Emery will seek to send the lad out once more, as he may not be ready to break into the Gunners squad.
However, Nelson has told the Arsenal fans that he will look to break into the first team upon his return to London.
Asked if he’d improved in Germany, Nelson replied on the Metro: ‘One hundred per cent. I learned a lot of stuff. I made a lot of friends, and also I made a good connection with the managers.
‘They taught me a lot of stuff that I can take on in my career. It was difficult, leaving, but Arsenal are my team and I want to go back to Arsenal and play.’
‘I am Arsenal through and through. I support Arsenal. All my family support Arsenal.
‘That’s an interaction I have with the fans. It’s a good thing. They support a lot of the young talent coming up through Arsenal. It’s good.’
There has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media suggesting that Emery will seek to spend a lot of money to try and improve his attack, with some big named players linked with a move to the Emirates.
But Nelson showed in the Bundesliga that he could make an impact on the Arsenal side if he is given half the chance and the news that he wants to stay will come as a massive boost to the fans.
He could seek a move away from the Emirates if he does not get the chance at the club, so Emery needs to give the lad a shot, as he could develop into something special.
Then Emery could use the limited funds he will have this transfer window to improve on other areas of the pitch that need sorting out, like the defensive line and an adequate replacement for the now departed Aaron Ramsey.