Report: Arsenal forward extends contract and is now set to leave on loan

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Arsenal have lots to do in the final 24 hours of the window, but it’s looking like they have found a solution to one of the many loose ends they need to tie up. 

And that is the case of Reiss Nelson. A curious case to say the least. Nelson showed so much potential during his time on loan in the Bundesliga, but he has struggled to break into the Arsenal senior squad since returning. 

The club had been keen to find a loan move for him last season, but on two occasions the player appears to have turned it down, preferring to stay and fight for his place at Arsenal.

It’s clear though that Arteta is not going to give Nelson the opportunity to play in the first team after leaving him out of the majority of Premier League matchday squads in 2021.

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Despite the fact that Arsenal are set to release Willian from his contract, there still appears to be no desire to keep Nelson around this season. 

Instead Arsenal are set to loan Reiss to Feyenoord. The deal was confirmed by Chris Wheatley this afternoon. There was concern that Nelson was set to go on loan, given that his current contract was due to expire in 2022. 

However, Fabrizio Romano has this evening reported that Arsenal have agreed to extend the player’s contract until 2023, something the club agreed before sanctioning the loan deal. 

This one makes a lot of sense to me. I imagine the club would have not been able to raise much at all from a sale of Nelson this summer, his value will be at an all-time low after not playing for a season and with one year left on his deal. A good loan at Feyenoord could help Nelson return to Arsenal’s first team, or at worse, increase his value.

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