Thursday, October 21, 2021

Feyenoord manager claims Reiss Nelson didn’t have ‘much of a future’ at Arsenal before loan move

Reiss Nelson’s career hasn’t quite gone the way Arsenal had hoped it would.

The Hale End graduate was highly rated within the club before enjoying a productive loan spell with German outfit Hoffenheim during the 2018/19 campaign.

Under Julian Nagelsmann’s tutelage, the youngster netted six Bundesliga goals despite limited minutes, with the Gunners’ faithful hopeful he would establish himself as a regular at the Emirates Stadium in the coming years.

However, his development has since stunted, making just two Premier League appearances last term, both of which came from the substitutes’ bench.

The 21-year-old was sent on loan to Dutch side Feyenoord this term before suffering an injury in training, something the Feyenoord manager Arne Slot claimed was down to the intensity of training at the Eredivisie club.

“Nelson had participated in almost all training sessions at Arsenal, but he experiences the training here as a bit more intense,” Slot said ahead of his side’s Europa Conference League clash with Maccabi Haifa.

“He suffered an overuse injury and so he is not there.

“Whether he will make it to PSV remains to be seen. At least not as a basic player.”

Now, Slot has cleared up what he meant whilst also claiming that the Hale End graduate didn’t have a future in north London before making the temporary switch.

Slot told Voetbal Primeur : “I’m not saying anything about how Arsenal train; I’m saying something about how substitute player Reiss Nelson, who didn’t have much of a future there, trained.

“He was very often in the team that had to imitate the opponent. He didn’t actually play any matches.

“Now he is with a team that is busy and where he is seen as a player who has to play a lot. So that combination has caused him to have some overload problems.”
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