Are Arteta and Ornstein’s comments on Nelson contradictory? (Opinion)

David Ornstein has claimed that Reiss Nelson has been made available for loan this week, but only last week, Mikel Arteta was talking up his improvements and telling him to be ready for his opportunity.

The winger was one of those who enjoyed being rotated into the first-team during last season, and one who continually attracted praise from the manager after training.

Unfortunately for him, he has rarely set the field alight when trying to bring that form onto the pitch, although he did manage to pick up three goals and as many assists from his 22 senior appearances last term.

Nelson came off the bench as a late substitute in the Community Shield against Liverpool, but has since been left out of the two matchday squads against both Fulham and West Ham, although you would expect him to at least make the 18-man squad for tonight’s cup tie.

With the winger having been surplus to the squads thus far, you wouldn’t begrudge him for eyeing an exit, and David Ornstein believes that is on the cards.

The Arsenal manager however appeared to be telling the youngster that he needs to be ready when he is called upon, despite having been left out of the recent fixtures.

The manager also states that he had spoken to the 20 year-old, and that ‘he’s going to carry on pushing himself and the rest of the team’.

I don’t see how he will be able to push the team forward is he is elsewhere…

The full quote on Nelson from the boss, as told to Arsenal Media reads: “I think they all realise the competition we have in forward positions. I’ve already spoken with Reiss about it and I really like the way he’s training.

“I think we both agree about how much he’s improved in the last few months and he’s going to carry on pushing himself and the rest of the team. He needs to be ready because in football, unfortunately, or fortunately, things don’t take three months to change, it can take three minutes and you have to be ready when that opportunity comes.”

When asked if Reiss needed to be playing regularly, Arteta replied: “I think if you ask any of those 27 players if they need to play, they will all say ‘Yes, of course. I need to play regularly and I need minutes.’

“But at the moment it’s just not possible playing one game a week and with this rule of just being able to have 18 players, it’s very difficult to give everyone the same minutes – impossible.”

We know that a week is a long time in football, and that minds can change, but if Reiss Nelson is one who does help to push our team in training and increase competition for places, surely he should be staying at Arsenal, no?


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  1. Arteta is just being diplomatic and Nelson really need the loan, but I want the club to loan him to an epl team where we can all see him play.

  2. And how is Ornstein’s tweet contradicting MA? All i’ve read is MA emphasizing and recognizing how game time means everything to all the 27 players. Did Ornstein dispute that? No. He just restated what MA said in very many words. Pointless article.

  3. “He needs to be ready because in football, unfortunately, or fortunately, things don’t take three months to change, it can take three minutes and you have to be ready when that opportunity comes”

    Just point out where he said Nelson should be ready for first team action. He simply stated and was pushing Nelson to be on his feet at all times since he could be needed anytime.

    Nelson isn’t the only one BTW, If we conclude the Partey + Aouar deal, one of Willock and Smith Rowe would be heading out on loan too. Said this weeks ago.

    Nelson needs to go to an EPL club where he can constantly play, where he’s guaranteed at least 30 games this season.
    Arsenal might also use him to get Zaha on loan with obligation to buy at the end of this season.
    Pulling Zaha would be the hardest but it’s not a priority in any way.
    Priorities remains Aouar + Partey, not one of them.
    It’s been over a month and half and I’ve been saying both players are priorities and not just one of them like the media and Fabrizio tried to make it look.
    By the way, Sangare is also on the list of backup options Arsenal have lined up if we don’t get Partey.
    The fact that Arsenal don’t even have a backup for Aouar shows they intend to get him at all cost. Also remember Vinai a few months ago said “If the right player comes along, Arsenal would spend”.
    We should know more about Aouar at the end of this week or beginning of next week.
    I’m not worried about Aouar deal

    1. Emile Smith-Rowe is not part of the first team, correct? What I mean is, he can be used as a U21 if needed? That way he wouldnt consume a part in the final 25 man list.

      1. He wouldn’t consume a place anyway as he is classed as under 21.

        As it stands we have
        19 non-homegrown players (so 2 need to be left out) and
        6 homegrown macey, iliev, bellerin, chambers, holding and maitland-niles

        In addition we have 8 under 21s, Guendizi, nketiah, willock, nelson, smith-rowe, saliba, martinelli, saka

        1. It doesn’t even matter the number of U21… Every player we make use of from our academies counts as Homegrown, which includes Smith Rowe and others.
          The law only states 17 non Homegrown in a team. Doesn’t matter if the rest are from the U21 or U18.
          Torreira leaving would reduce it to 18 now, but Arsenal need to agree a deal with Madrid first

  4. Until Martinelli recovers fully from injury I do not think Arteta will loan out Nelson who I hope plays on the right wing against Leicester, with Pepe being used on the left.

  5. Nelson is one of few young Arsenal players I rate very highly.

    Taking him loan again is as UNNECESSARY as Martinez was on loan.

    He should be competing with Pepe for that No. 7 spot because he gives us what Sterling gives to Man City — that quick relentless attacker who believes in his qualities and wants to face the defender at every opportunity. Something that would have made Pepe world class.

  6. To my mind, Nelson has rather lost impetus from over a year ago. He has not kicked on and plays too safely when given a chance. Does he have that oomph of character that says “I will be a regular and I’ll show them what I can do”? I am seriously doubtful, esp when compared to such as Saka and Martinelli, in attitude rather than just in ability.

    I DO think Nelson has the required ability to make top grade but you need that special character too and I DOUBT HE SHOWS THAT ENOUGH. THATS HOW IT LOOKS ANYWAY.

  7. He needs a loan badly and needs regular football. Problem is where can he go to get it? I don’t think there is a championship side he can even get regular starts for right now, and League One is more where he’s at. He’s not got the confidence to really take a game on and really show his talent. The competition upfront is massive and intense. Martinelli, Saka, ESR, are all youngsters who can play in the positions that Nelson wants to and I think he is way behind all of them.

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