Reiss Nelson “needs more football” than he is currently getting at Arsenal — and potential injuries could be a pathway to first-team contention.
That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after a Championship loan move for the winger — touted by The Sun — failed to materialise.
The 21-year-old spent a successful 2018-19 campaign out on loan with Hoffenheim and CBS Sports reported that he would prefer a move to Germany over the English second-tier.
But Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) and Joe Willock (Newcastle) both left the club on loan in January sparking talk among Gunners fans that Willock might be the one to step up and get more game-time.
The youngster is sorely in need of first-team minutes, says Campbell, and he may have the chance to prove himself at the Emirates if Arteta’s side suffer injuries further down the line.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Reiss Nelson is still in and around the squad and we’ve seen injuries happen and players having to come in and hit the ground running.
“He went on loan last season and done okay, so he’s had a long spell of first-team football.
“But I think he needs more football because he’s not really getting a lot of football at Arsenal.”
“It was an interesting one [loan speculation] but it hasn’t quite happened for him.”
Nelson has been on the books with Arsenal since he was eight years old and graduated from the Halen End youth academy in 2017.
He has gone on to make 47 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring four goals and registering four assists.