After enjoying a successful loan spell at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim last season, many at Arsenal would have hoped Reiss Nelson could return to the Emirates as a far improved player.
The 19-year-old’s final outing of a long campaign saw him win and convert a penalty in England U21s dramatic 3-3 draw with Croatia in the U21 European Championships, and the winger later revealed that he would be heading back to the Gunners for the new season.
Per The Times, he said: “I want to go back to Arsenal & play. I’m more mature now. Hoffenheim made me grow as a person. I’m Arsenal through & through. All my family support Arsenal. That’s an interaction I have with the fans. It’s good. They support the young talent coming up through.”
After hearing Nelson’s comments, many Gunners fans took to Twitter to reveal their excitement at seeing one of the club’s promising academy products essentially commit his future to the club.
Indeed, loads of supporters of the north London side expressed their hope that Unai Emery would finally give the winger a chance in the first-team and declared him a “ray of hope” after a disappointing end to the campaign last season.
Check out some of the reaction of Arsenal fans below:
My fav player. Hopefully he is the next Jadon Sancho. So essential he keep this kind of young and promising talents at the club.
— Attila Takos (@atakos22) June 25, 2019
— Akhil Vyas (@10akhil) June 25, 2019
@Arsenal need to give youngsters like @ReissNelson9 @Joewillock @EddieNketiah9 @ @emilesmithrowe their chance this season. These boys aren’t mercenaries, they’re hungry professionals with a point to prove and are exactly what our team has been crying out for for too long! #AFC
— Nick Thompson (@Nicoli_Gamer) June 25, 2019
Very talented, hope he does get proper game time next season, he’d provide the width Arsenal lacked last season
— The Arsenal Review (@thearsreview) June 25, 2019
He’s right in every way. Get him into the first team
— Craig Choughari (@CChougs) June 25, 2019
We want @ReissNelson9 to come back & play for us too! Reiss we need you!
— David Russell (@Gunnadownunda) June 25, 2019
A ray of hope for @Arsenal fans
— Pelicans Bandwagon Account (@DJHafrawi) June 25, 2019
Bring the boy home @Arsenal
— DCAFC (@Bogotagooner) June 25, 2019