“I think he’s had a really wasted season” Watts expects Arsenals attacker to leave in the summer

Arenal fan and journalist Charles Watts has tipped Arsenal to cash in on Reiss Nelson when the transfer window reopens.

The Englishman is one of the best players to have emerged from their academy in recent years.

He looked to be making a case for himself in Mikel Arteta’s team last season but has regressed in this campaign.

The Gunners have a lot of quality players in attack and Arteta has favoured others ahead of him.

The winger, who has even had a successful loan stint outside of England, is now playing Under 23 football.

Watts says he has wasted this season in his career development and has tipped him to leave the Emirates when the transfer window reopens.

He claims that it makes no sense for someone so talented and close to the first team to be playing with the reserve team right now.

He said on his YouTube channel: “I think Reiss will be off in the summer. I think he’s had a really wasted season, to be honest, certainly, a wasted second half of the season. He should have gone out on loan, that wasn’t Arsenal’s fault really, there were opportunities for him to go out on loan, but he decided to stay.

“I’m not sure why really because now he’s just playing Under-23s football which makes little sense to me for a player of that quality. So yeah, I think he will go, I think he’ll be gone and will be one of the few players that Arsenal cash in on in the summer.”

He has just two Premier League appearances to his name in this campaign and his development needs more game time.

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  1. Wow I thought he was injured, another young player not giving a proper opportunities to show his talent. I’m sure in the summer we will sell him and buy one 31 years old to replace him, decisions like this is why the club is not moving forward.

    1. you cant play everyone…

      there is always a new talent coming up every season…

      some will have to leave

      only a small handful will stay…….

    2. yes like we got rid of the 30 year old Mesut and played ESR and now Odegard. Its MERIT alone my friend. We are in the Arteta era, not the Wenger era where laxity, callousness, laziness was tolerated and encouraged. Arteta is tge boss, not a father figure to spoilt brats

  2. Nelson has had many chances going back into Wenger era.
    He has absolutely not progressed and just keeps getting worse and worse.

    I don’t think he is Arsenal standard or will ever make it in the Top tier.

    1. I agree with you that he didn’t really improve but at least the coach should have giving him some minutes in the europa league so if we want to sell him we would have gotten some good money for him. As things stand now I can’t see anyone paying more than 10million for him.

      1. Lenohappy, So you want a player who you agree(with thepost aboveyours) that he is not good enough to bepicked, just to be in the shop window! Glad you are not in charge !

    2. Nelson got chances going back to Wenger’s era?? I haven’t been watching our games Maybe ..
      Bcos in the current season, he hasn’t been given any opportunity by Mikel Arteta, except one Carabao cup game against Leicester..
      Reiss Nelson is a Sadio Mane kind of forward who can play Left/Right Wing Attack and if given like 3 games@ a stretch will do better than Nketiah and Pepe who have been given far more minutes for producing so little!!..

      1. I don’t really see him as a mane-type of player. Nelson seems like more of a dribbler who likes to run at players. While Mane has that ability, his game is more based on movement without the ball and quick movements to get into dangerous positions imo

    3. no how do you know hes getting worse when he is not given an opportunity. If I remember last year he was progressing under arteta given the opportunity and he has also looked very solid during europa leauge. I would rather see him struggle instead of seeing our clubs highest earner Willian play and do worse.

  3. Reiss is good on the ball and technically competent, but his game lacks aggression and explosiveness – call it the “wow” factor. At some point, every successful club need to clear our or sell underperforming prospects to avoid blocking the development path for younger and more talented players. Unfortunately Reiss falls into the category.

  4. All I know and very very sure of is, Reiss Nelson is very very good.
    Just give him consistent chance to build confidence and he’ll sparkle. He is much better than a lot of the regular starters.

  5. Mismanaged plain and simple. Play Nelson, even as a sub, to see if he progresses. If not, then he gains suitors and fetches a decent price at least.

    Mismanagement = dropping to U-23, gets virtually no exposure, in favor a Chelsea washout on £200k a week with no future at the club.

    Edu & Arteta need to better manage players and club resources; we are not a bank like City or Chelsea.

  6. Reiss is totally underrated. Then we start characters like Ceballos over him and expect results smh. I hope for his sake he goes on to be another Gnabry type world beater and make us all eat humble pie.

    1. the guy is a winger and ceballos is CM, it means both of them can play together in the same team and not one for the other. In other words, Ceballos is not getting in the team ahead or in place of Reiss

  7. He needs to go on loan (which I prefer) or go for good.

    So far, he has never shown he is ready for first team action.

    Gave some decent EL displays, but MA is not convinced, he is ready.
    He can be better with playing, coaching and confidence.

    Good luck to him, always seemed a hardworking lad.

  8. I’m surprised he hasn’t played more. I believe he has a bit of a confidence issue to get past, but always felt he was following the manager’s instructions and pressuring the opposition backline effectively when he has played under MA. He seemed to hold onto the ball too long or make the wrong call at times, but I do think the talent is there. I hope he stays and turns this around; it would be amazing to have a front line consisting of 3 AMs from the academy in a few years – I think he, ESR and Saka have complimentary skillsets. I just think the latter two are ahead in terms of confidence and maturity (as footballers).
    On the other hand, there are other youth players breathing down his neck, and you really have to grab the chances when they come as ESR and Saka did. If he does leave, I’d expect him to make at least a solid career in the PL, just a question of when.

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