Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson set to sign new long-term contract before joining Hoffenheim on loan
- Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson set to complete loan move to Hoffenheim this week
- Talented youngster is expected to sign a new long-term deal with Arsenal
- Nelson has less than a year remaining on his current contract with the Gunners
- The England U19 international played 16 first-team games for Arsenal last seson
Arsenal 18-year-old Reiss Nelson is set to sign for German side Hoffenheim, becoming the latest English starlet to move abroad for more first-team opportunities.
Nelson, whose friend Jadon Sancho plays for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, has been in talks over a new contract with the Gunners for months.
The teenager is expected to sign a new long-term deal, with his current contract expiring at the end of this season, then join Hoffenheim on loan.
Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson is set to leave and sign for German side Hoffenheim
Nelson has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Arsenal first team under Unai Emery
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is an admirer of Nelson but he is down the pecking order at the north London club. Alex Iwobi is among those ahead of him.
The attacking midfielder made his breakthrough at Arsenal last season, making 16 senior appearances in total under Arsene Wenger. He made his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace in January 2018.
Nelson played 16 times for the Arsenal first-team last season but is now back in the U23 squad
REISS NELSON’S 2017-18 SEASON
Premier League: Three appearances
Europa League: Eight appearances
FA Cup: One appearance
League Cup: Three appearances
Community Shield: One appearance
Total: 16 appearances
Premier League 2: 11 appearances, nine goals, three assists
Insiders say Nelson told his club in talks he wants more minutes on the pitch, and Hoffenheim are set to offer him the chance.
Nelson was used in pre-season but has not been included in any of Emery’s three squads in the top flight so far.