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According to The Sun, Arsenal’s highly-rated prospect Reiss Nelson is the subject of another proposed loan move to the Bundesliga next season, with Hertha BSC keen on taking him back to Germany.
Having impressed on a season-long loan at Hoffenheim, Nelson returned to Arsenal and publicly admitted that it was his intentions to try and force his way into Unai Emery’s thinking for the first-team.
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However, the report claims that Hertha are interested in bolstering their forward-line for next season and have lined up a possible loan swoop for Nelson; it adds though that Emery will have the final decision on whether to allow the England U21 international to enjoy another campaign in Germany or to stay and fight for a place at the Emirates.
Speaking back in June, Nelson revealed that he felt he had improved markedly from his time in Germany and vowed to showcase his abilities as a more “mature” footballer at Arsenal.
He said:”I learned a lot of stuff. I made a lot of friends, and also I made a good connection with the managers. They taught me a lot of stuff that I can take on in my career. It was difficult, leaving, but Arsenal are my team and I want to go back to Arsenal and play.
“I have got a bit bigger. I was playing at Arsenal when I was 17, when he (Wenger) gave me my (first league start) debut against Southampton (April last year), so I was very immature when I was playing. Now I have a more mature role about me. I look to play link-up play, one v ones, and I think I am more mature.”
The 19-year-old’s pace and directness as a winger are attributes that the Gunners sorely lacked last season, something that has been a major reason behind their chase to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
But as the north London side seemingly baulk at the Eagles’ valuation of the Ivorian, Nelson should surely be the main beneficiary if the Gunners fail to get a deal for Zaha over the line.
The winger scored seven times in 23 Bundesliga games last season, showing he certainly has an eye for goal. Emery’s use of him in pre-season has suggested that the Spaniard sees him as part of his plans for next season, and that undoubtedly is the smart move for all parties.