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What Reiss Nelson has told the Arsenal academy staff about his Hoffenheim loan spell

Latest Arsenal news includes comments from Per Mertesacker on Reiss Nelson


Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker has a challenge for Reiss Nelson.


The young winger is one of several Gunners stars out on loan this season after he joined Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in the summer and has made quite the impression during his short time there.

He netted on his debut against Fortuna Duesseldorf and then enjoyed a hot-streak in front of goal in the autumn which at one stage saw him level with Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski in the goalscoring charts.

Although injury and a loss of form since the turn of the year has disrupted Nelson's rise and was dropped from Hoffenheim's matchday squad to take on Nuremberg earlier in the month.

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann confirmed that the winger's absence was an "educational measure" and not to do with his performance or fitness.

Mertesacker and the Academy staff have kept a close eye on Nelson's progress in Germany and the former Gunners captain has revealed what the youngster has told him about the loan spell.

"It's quite interesting for him, the journey he's facing in Germany," Mertesacker told Goal . "The challenges and he's describing it as a tough time.

"Everyday in training there's something he takes on. With a young manager [Julian Nagelsmann] who really believes in him and gives him chances, sometimes he comes off the bench and makes the difference.

"So for him the next step is really to play regularly, playing from the start.

Reiss Nelson runs with the ball (Image: Paul ELLIS / AFP)

"That's his next challenge but at the moment he's making an impact coming off the bench, he's getting minutes, he's learning a new culture, a new language.

"I think it's very beneficial to him."

Nelson was back in the Hoffenheim squad at the weekend, coming off the bench for the final five minutes in the 1-1 draw away at Stuttgart.

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