Arsenal manager Unai Emery has suggested that highly-rated talent Reiss Nelson could establish himself as a first-team regular next year, in comments quoted by The Daily Mail.
North London giants Arsenal are renowned for their development of young talents and Unai Emery has a lot to live up to in comparison alongside his predecessor Arsene Wenger, who handed the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ashley Cole and Robin van Persie their breakthrough.
The Gunners still boast a squad bursting with young talents who will look to make an impression under Emery and one player who looks set to be on course for an exciting future is winger Reiss Nelson, who is spending the year on loan with Hoffenheim.
18-year-old Nelson scored off the bench on his Bundesliga debut for the German side and also appeared in the Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk, earning valuable experience that will be vital in the coming years.
Arsenal fans hoping to see Nelson become the latest starlet to establish themselves in the first-team will be pleased by the latest comments from Emery, who is quoted by The Daily Mail as backing the teenager to breakthrough next season.
“Players like Emile Smith Rowe, like Joe Willock, like Eddie Nketiah and also Reiss Nelson are interesting to me. But we decided it’s better for Reiss to go on and take this responsibility and get experience of games with a good level in Germany. I think that’s good.”
While the likes of Willock, Nketiah and Smith-Rowe will earn limited opportunities in the cup competitions this season, Nelson is fighting for regular first-team action in the Bundesliga and that will provide a huge boost to his development.
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Nelson had his period of tastes of first-team action with the Gunners last season after making eight Europa League appearances and three in the Premier League, which shows that a loan to Hoffenheim is the next step in his career.
Crucially, the wide areas of the squad is a position where Arsenal need improvements, having failed to replace Alexis Sanchez, and Nelson could save the Gunners a significant fee in the market if he is ready to shine next term.