21 year old starlet “needs to leave Arsenal next season”

A couple of days ago, Fabrizio Romano revealed that the 21 year-old Arsenal academy product Reiss Nelson has reportedly refused to sign a new contract at Arsenal, after having a very unhappy season on the bench at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.

Fabrizio Romano tweeted….

Nelson only made two League starts for the Gunners and was usually an unused substitute when he was even picked in the squad.

It would have made sense for Nelson to go on loan in January, and he may have got some form together if he was given a run in the first team, like Joe Willock did at Newcastle.

But his chance was not given, and it is no wonder that Nelson now thinks he needs to move away to get regular football.

The ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell certainly thinks he needs to go, as he told FootballInsider: “I think this is a really important time for Reiss Nelson. He has all of the tools and all of the attributes to be a top player but he needs game time. Whether it is at Arsenal or elsewhere he needs to play.

“He might have to drop down to the Championship to do it but he needs to go and learn.

“You can have all of the skills, talent and ability but you need to be productive. As soon as he gets productivity into his game he can be an asset for this club.

“Let’s be honest though, to realise that potential he needs to leave Arsenal next season.”

It is quite annoying that he wasn’t given the chance, like Willock, to get a chance to prove his worth, even if simply to put himself in the shop window and increase his value, which Willock certainly has done. Is this another badly managed starlet under Arteta?

Darren N.

Tags Nelson Reiss Nelson Willock


  1. MartinelliTheBench says:

    Glad we played Willian last season over Nelson. Smart decision that definitely wasn’t based purely on someone’s ego after signing him.

    Hope Willian is a starter again this season.

  2. Durand says:

    Arteta knows best right? No possible way Nelson could have matched Willian’s stats right?

    I love the irony of how Arteta deems so many players “not ready” as if he is one to talk.

    Must be maddening for the young players seeing an overhyped assistant telling them they aren’t ready.

    Based on what, Arteta’s stellar hall of fame career? Maybe based on his track record of managing clubs? Maybe his years of scouting players?

    Rookie manager making rookie mistakes, expecting fans to accept it while giving no such consideration to his players.

    It is clubs best interest to maximize the value of what they have; not devalue players and sell them off for peanuts.

    1. Dan kit says:

      Top comment👍

    2. Sue says:

      Excellent, Durand!

      Btw, Happy 4th of July to you! 🥳

    3. Ozziegunner says:

      👍 👍 👍 Hit the nail on the head; when funds are limited, a Club must maximise its “in-house” resources.
      As Kevin Campbell states Reiss Nelson has the ability to become a top player, the shame is it likely won’t be at Arsenal.
      He should have taken a loan, like Joe Willock, once Willian arrived. He got no game time by staying.

  3. Grandad says:

    The Willian factor has had an impact on the careers of Nelson and ,to an extent, Martinelli.A huge error of judgement made by the Edu/Arteta axis leading to a wasted season for Nelson in particular.Personally I feel Nelson has more to offer than Nketiah but as it seems he will never get a run of games at Arsenal, the time has come for him to move on to the likes of Brentford or Norwich who will need a replacement for Buendia.

    1. Reggie says:

      You forgot Pepe, he sat on the bench looking at Willians skills for 3 months.

      1. VasC says:

        At least, Pepe finished the season on a high note.

        Or may be, he learned a lot watching Willian from the sidelines and applied to his game???

        1. Reggie says:

          And maybe we lost enough points in that bad judgement to mess our season up????

      2. Grandad says:

        What has a player who cost 72m got to do with an article concerning an Academy product who has never had an opportunity to prove himself?Pepe had plenty of opportunities to shine before we signed Willian, but failed to do so.

        1. Reggie says:

          Arteta played the useless Willian in front of Pepe for three months! It all leads to poor decision making and it was alluded too that Nelson couldn’t have done any worse than Willian but both Pepe and Nelson were froze out because of.

        2. Ozziegunner says:

          Sorry Grandad, I don’t agree Pepe’s goals and assists were good and improved over two seasons. It was unfortunate that he kept being relegated to the bench, even after scoring a goal. People have to get over what the Club paid for him, as that money is gone in instalments.

    2. SueP says:

      I honestly thought he refused to go out on loan, preferring to fight for his place

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        👍 True and unfortunately wasn’t allowed to.

  4. Sean Williams says:

    How sad that a young talented lad like Nelson is not used properly. A manager like Brendan Rogers would have turned him into a £30 million player. Our management (you know the names) turned Guendouzi from a minimum £35 mill player into a £7 mill player. How is that acceptable?? It’s genuinely crazy. The inmates are running the asylum, and the bystanders are thinking the King (manager) is sane. By the way it’s July and the season starts in August…….where is our pre-season and where are our new players?

    1. Reggie says:

      Stop talking sense Sean!🙂

  5. CeeKay says:

    With the Way Arteta is Discouraging/Destroying Young Arsenal Talents;He Will Soon be a Gonner!

  6. Gunners4life says:

    You know the difference between Arteta and Wenger? Arteta signed Willian despite knowing it will hinder Nelson’s progress.. Wenger looked away from the chance of signing Fabregas, knowing he had Wilshere and Ramsey.

    1. Grandad says:

      Wenger was a master craftsman, who lost the plot, whilst Arteta is an apprentice, who may never become a master craftsman .Next season will make or break him, but for the sake of our Club, I hope he proves a host of people on this site, wrong.

      1. Ozziegunner says:


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