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Reiss Nelson reminds Arsenal fans of raw talent in England U21 cameo

Last night Reiss Nelson did this:

A fabulous piece of skill to set up an England goal. A reminder to all of just what a talented kid he is.

But that is what we all need to remember, that he is still a kid, still just 19, that England U21s is his level right now.

Over in Germany, on loan at Hoffenheim, he had a sparkling start that saw him pick up the German equivalent of young player of the month. This got a lot of Arsenal fans calling for his immediate recall.

In recent months, he has found himself out of the team.

Without a start since December, disciplinary issues caused Nelson to be dropped from the match day squad completely. It was a stark reminder to both the player and fans of how hard it is to go from talented youth player to regular senior player. It is not just about natural ability, but also how a player applies him, how he trains on, his attitude.

After the assist yesterday, some fans have returned to their over excited state. Calling for Nelson to start regularly next season. Saying he will be a superstar. Let’s take a step back for a second.

He has struggled at senior level in the second half of the season and his sparkling performance yesterday was at U21 level.

Anyone expecting him to return to Arsenal in the summer and walk straight into the first team needs a dose of realisation.

Nelson could become a superstar, he could become a regular starter for The Arsenal, but it will not be from the beginning of next season.

With where he is at the moment, he will be off the bench, just like he is at Hoffenheim.

He will be a good attacking option, one of the first changes when chasing the game. Alex Iwobi will start ahead of him, but expect Nelson coming on for his older team mate on around the 60th minute to be a regular occurrence when chasing the game.

Nelson will get starts in the cup, and as the season go’s on with injuries, rotation and form, will get starts in the league. It is at that point he will have the opportunity to prove himself as a future superstar of Arsenal.

Yesterday was a reminder of his raw talent; but as it stands that talent is very raw.



We as fans need to take a step back, allow him to develop and not burden him with too high an expectation.



Reiss Nelson ‘discipline’ issues an ‘educational’ lesson for player and fans

It was easy to get caught away with Reiss Nelson start over in Germany.

4 goals in his first 5 games for Hoffenheim saw him named Bundesliga Rookie of the Month: for October.

Some Arsenal fans were demanding the club recall him in January. Others putting him in their start XI for 2019/20.

Many ignored the fact that, despite his good form, he was not a regular starter for Hoffenheim.

In that run of 5 games, he had only started twice, and was pulled off at half time in one of those.

People had unfairly raised their expectations of a then 18-year-old who was having his first season of top flight football. They had forgotten that he was an 18-year-old in his first season of top flight football.

Since that blistering start, he has scored just twice in the next 18 games – and has not scored in his last 12. He has also failed to provide an assist this season.

Since the turn of the year he has failed to make a single start, playing just four times.

It then breaks that manager Julian Nagelsmann omitted the youngster from his squad against Nuremburg for disciplinary reasons’.

Nagelsmann also adds that his decision was an ‘educational measure’.

This makes me feel it was just a minor infringement, probably turning up late too often for training.

Nagelsmann realises Nelson is with him to develop to learn. So omitting him to teach him a lesson is part of that learning. Something Arsenal would not have a problem with.

Nelson is in a new country, alone.

How he behaves when living on his own, with money to burn, will be an insight into the type of player he will become in the future.

We have seen a lot of young players with a lot of talent not make it to the top level, not fulfil their potential, due to a poor attitude.

Think Jermaine Pennant.

Recently Emmanuel Frimpong announced his retirement from football at the age of 27-years-old.

Frimpong was starring for Arsenal’s under-18s at 14-years-old. He should have made it, but became more interested in his social media profile then his football.

Hopefully Nelson learns his lesson from being dropped, moves forward, and becomes the player he has the ability to become.

Next season will be too early for the 19-year-old to be playing week in week out.

Once we sign a top class winger, he will then be competing with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to start.

It will not be easy for him – and he will probably start the season as 4th choice, but with the right attitude and progression he will should be pushing for a starting spot.

An exciting talent, he just needs to fulfil it.


Serge Gnabry v Reiss Nelson

Last night Serge Gnabry played well for Bayern Munich against Liverpool. This led to the usual rubbish on Twitter every time Gnabry has a good game that is on the tele. Arsenal fans moaning that we should never have let him go.

Let me nip that in the bud.

Arsenal did not let Gnabry go, Gnabry decided to go.

For those who conveniently forget the truth so that they have an excuse to bash the club, let us have a quick recap.

At 18-years-old, Gnabry was playing in his first full of senior football. He played over 460 minutes of Premier League football in the 2014/15 season, finding himself competing with a teenage Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for minutes behind Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez.

He then got injured in March 2014.

He was out for well over a year as Arsenal took their time getting him back to fitness. The club playing the long game, not rushing him back.

In 2015, the club decided to loan him out. He had not played for 18 months and was in need for regular first team football. Arsenal could not give him that week in week out, the hope was WBA would.

He played just 12 minutes of football under Tony Pullis.

So in 2016, he had played 12 minutes of football in 2 and a half years. Arsenal offered him a new contract, but wanted to send him out on loan again, somewhere where he would play. The club knew he needed that game time, and he would return a much better player.

Gnabry turned down the contract as he did not want to go on loan, this in turn forced the club to accept a transfer offer from Werder Breman.

After a year at Breman Gnabry forced through a transfer to Bayern Munich who immediately loaned him out to Hoffenheim.

The fact that in 2017 Munich felt he was not ready to compete for a place in their first time highlights that Arsenal’s decision a year previous was correct.

It took Gnabry two seasons (1 at Breman, 1 at Hoffenheim) to be ready to be a regular member of Bayern Munich’s first team – although this season he has still not been a first team regular for the German giants; starting just 12 of 22 Bundesliga games.

Arsenal’s only big mistake was loaning Gnabry to WBA, where he did not play. And it is something that we have since learned from

Back in 2015, loan moves abroad where not en-vogue in the Premier League; unless you played for Chelsea and got loaned to Vitesse Arnhem.

The Premier League was perhaps a little bit too arrogant and feeling of superiority. That no other league in the world was like it. With its high pace and physical nature. The feeling was young players should be loaned to lower Premier League sides or Championship sides so that they could get used to the physicality of playing with men.

In hindsight, this was wrong, and led to many young skilful players being kicked out of the game. They just did not have a chance to develop their skills.

Clubs like WBA would shun young exciting players who might lose the ball often, but would also win games on their own. Instead they chose journeymen, basic footballers who would make few mistakes. They would line up to not lose games instead of lining up to win them. Preservation was their priority.

Premier League clubs have seemingly learnt that it is better to send out young players, who are slight, skilful and quick, to a league which would promote their talent, not stifle them.

That is why Jadon Sancho moved to Borussia Dortmund instead of staying in the Premier League. And why the likes of Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe and Ademola Lookman have all spent time in Germany.

Nelson was in a similar position to Gnabry was at Arsenal. In need of game time but was unable to get enough whilst at the club.

In 2015 we sent Gnabry to WBA, in 2018 we sent Nelson to Hoffenheim.

Interestingly Hoffenheim was where Bayern Munich sent Gnabry when they felt he was still not ready for first team football.

If sending players to Germany was popular back in 2015; I am sure Arsenal would have considered sending Gnabry on loan back to his home country – even on loan to Werder Breman.

In 2016 he would have had a full season under his belt, a 2-years left on his contract, and would have gone on to play 30+ games in Arsenal in 2016/17. Instead we lost him.

What is interesting is that at the age of 19, Nelson and Gnabry had the same situation facing them.

Both were 19-years-old
Both had one year left on their contract with Arsenal
Both had a contract offer on the table
Both were told that the plan was to send them out on loan for a season

Nelson signed, Gnabry didn’t. and the rest is history.