Opinion: Nelson and Nketiah need to go out on loan next season

Arsenal has just had a decent end to a poorly started campaign after we won the FA Cup.

We had to change managers, yet we finished the season outside the European places on the league table.

The appointment of Mikel Arteta late last year seems to be the turning point that we needed as the Spaniard spearheaded a fine return to form.

Next season will be his first full season both as a manager and as the manager of Arsenal and we have every reason to be excited about it.

Arteta has shown that he will trust the budding youngsters at the club right now, and that strategy seemed to have worked for him in the just-concluded season.

Willian is the only player that we have signed in this transfer window, so what Arteta intends to do remains slightly unclear.

One thing that I know, however, is that we cannot trust our teenage stars to get us higher up the league table next season.

I have enjoyed watching the likes of Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah play for us this year, but I think we should spend some money on more experienced players like Willian and send both youngsters out on loan again.

This is because they need to play more often, while we need to win more often, and youngsters can only win you so many games.

An article from Ime

Tags Eddie Nketiah Reiss Nelson


  1. Hmm, unlikely Nketiah is going anywhere. Especially if Lacazette goes this summer. Arteta seems to like Auba on the LW, and to be honest, I was against it at first, but I think this is also where he has been at his best and I expect him to stay there, and for Mikel to rely more on Eddie. I dont think a striker is coming in even if we do get Laca, just to keep the books balanced. Eddie, Martinelli can both play upfront, and if push comes to shove Auba can obviously go back up top. Even a chance Balogun could finally get his shot if we dont end up selling him.

    We talk a lot about giving our academy players a chance so I think it’s counterproductive to suggest sending Eddie out on loan when it’s clear Arteta is trying to give him more responsibility. I still think midfield and defense is where the rest of our transfer money should go. Personally, even without Laca, I am satisfied with attackers.

  2. I believe our youngsters are the future and Arteta has already shown an ability to make players better on an individual basis as well as make the team better.

    It is a bit harsh to suggest our youngsters have contributed significantly to the first team. Nketiah is fantastic and Arteta has shown to give him lots of game time and Saka is another youngster to have helped the team a lot.

    At this point, I would say I trust Arteta in which players he wants to keep, to sell, or to send away on a loan spell. My personal preference would be to keep Nelson so he can benefit from the coaching of Arteta.

    I think with the limited financial resources we have to excel bring young players into the first team sending them out on loan doesn’t make a lot of sense to me in cases where they are good enough to play for us (Nketiah, Nelson, Saka, etc)

  3. “I think we should spend some money on more experienced players like Willian and send both youngsters out on loan again.”

    Of course you would. It is not your money so why should you care.? Arsenal fans have plenty of financial advisors telling owners and players what to do with their cash like they own it.

  4. @Sue Arteta spoke highly of him. I hope that means he gets a chance.


      1. Sue and TDO, Emile Smith-Rowe will get plenty of opportunities, given that Arsenal will be playing in 4 competitions in season 2020/21.
        So will Nheketia and Nelson and hopefully Balogun.

  5. I suspect Nelson will go out on loan or be sold, but Nketiah and ESR will be in the first team squad at least until Martinelli is match fit again.A friend raves about John Jules, could he be sent on loan as well?

    1. John Jules is a very good prospect, as are Balogun and Greenwood, Grandad. I try and follow the Academy teams on YouTube game highlights.

  6. I think we need 3 more signings in Partey, Gabriel and I’d be going for Aour to strengthen the squad especially without knowing if Ceballos will be back. I’d like to see him partner Aour and Partey in midfield with Willian, Auba and Pepe up front as I think that would be a handful for most teams and use all the youngsters as depth and to rest players in what will be a long season off a short off season. Tierney, Gabriel, Luiz/Saliba, Bellerin as our back four and we are looking a much better first team already. Leno is our number one so I think moving Martinez on is inevitable as he won’t be happy playing stop gap till Leno is fit but let’s hope. Elneny, Guendouzi, Lacazette, Sokratis, Chambers, Mikhitarian and paymout Ozils contract is what’s needed and I’m happy with the rest of the squad for the time being. Soures, Xhaka, Mustafi, Holding, Mari and Kolasnic give us experience in depth and with the youngsters Arteta bought in last season we are looking good with this team although I’d like to see a keeper upgrade if Martinez leaves and us go for Donnaruma from Ac Milan as I think he could be gotten while they don’t have champions league football or Europe for that matter and he is a definite upgrade.

    1. Matthew, but will Donnaruma, similarly to Leno or Martinez, be prepared to be reserve keeper?
      Matt Macey is a pretty good keeper, 25 and 2.01 m (6’7″) tall.
      Arsenal has areas of greater deficiency than goal keeper to spend transfer funds on.

  7. Nelson looks good when he get the opportunity. Would like to see all the fringe players playing Cup games.

  8. No, keep them both. Nelson has matured physically and now needs first team action. We have four competitions with a really short summer break and pre-season, and Martinelli is unlikely to be back in full action much before Christmas. I think Nelson can also double as a wing-back in a five, so if we lose AMN he could cover for our two current injury prone right backs.

    1. nelson and nketiah will never improve if they just play 10 to 15 games a season

      players need games, need competition to improve

  9. I saw an interview where MA said we needed a bigger squad to win things.How is he going to get a bigger squad if he is sending people out on loan?Remember Guendouz and Laca are likely to leave,and its unlikely that he will sign more than 3 more players.Toreira too could be on the way out.Is MA going to promote U23s to replace players who already have squad experience,i dont think so.Those who keep saying they need game time,everyone will get enough game.Not in the first month but when injuries and suspensions kick in around that dark november…the lads are most likely staying

  10. Matthew, but will Donnaruma, similarly to Leno or Martinez, be prepared to be reserve keeper?
    Matt Macey is a pretty good keeper, 25 and 2.01 m (6’7″) tall.
    Arsenal has areas of greater deficiency than goal keeper to spend transfer funds on.

  11. If Laca leaves then we should keep Nkeitah, we need some finishers as I see. While Nelson needs more experience and loaning him to some other team sounds like a good opportunity for him to improve and we should always leave our doors open to our players for the future return.

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