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Per - Why Nelson is excelling in Germany

Reiss Nelson is flying at the moment.

Currently spending the 2018/19 season on loan with Hoffenheim, our teenager is averaging a goal every 64 minutes in the Bundesliga - and was even named Bundesliga Rookie of the Month for October.
Per Mertesacker played a key role in Nelson’s decision to move to Germany, and our academy manager says the 19-year-old is setting a fine example for our young prospects to follow.
“It was the best decision for him to go there,” Mertesacker told the official matchday programme. “When you compare the Bundesliga to the Premier League, there are similarities but there are differences.
“At the moment the Bundesliga suits him, and he went to a club where they are used to bringing up young players, educating young players and giving young players a chance in their first team. He has a young coach who will educate him and give him an insight.
“So the loan system should work brilliantly for us. Some Bundesliga clubs are very interesting for us and the way he could make an impact at Hoffenheim was by starting on the bench but then scoring immediately. Through scoring those goals, he gained trust from the coach, from the fans, by learning some German and earning the right to start and make an impact.
“I think he has done a brilliant job but that all fell into place because he wanted to go. He had a great opportunity but you need to take these opportunities and make sure you learn from those moments. Instead of being a first-team player between the under-23s and the first team, this is something different.
“It’s difficult to manage and I’m really pleased and glad that it’s worked right now for him. We have other prospects we really need to think about. What’s their best path towards making an impact for our first team? There are different ways, different challenges.
“Those are individuals. But I feel we are in a good place right now and those situations show us how big an impact a loan can make on a player. We need to select wisely.”
Read an extended interview with Per in Thursday night’s Europa League programme


The WhatsApp chat between Nelson, Sancho, Willock

Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson

Joe Willock couldn’t be any prouder of Reiss Nelson.

The duo came through our academy system together and Nelson was also the player who came off when Willock made his senior debut from the bench during last season’s Carabao Cup win over Doncaster Rovers.
And after Nelson was named Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Month for scoring three goals for Hoffenheim in October, Willock was quick to praise his good friend.
“Reiss is a very close friend of mine outside of football and every time he does well in a game, it feels like I’m there with him because we’ve been through so much together since we were young,” he told the official matchday programme.
“I’m so happy for him and hopefully when he comes back from loan, he can push on in Arsenal colours as well.
“Me, Reiss and Jason Sancho all have a WhatsApp group and a Snapchat group as well, so we’re talking to each other every day.
“I try to talk to him and motivate him, and he does the same with me. There’s loads of banter flowing around as well, but it’s important for us to push each other every day.”
Read an extended interview with Joe in Thursday night’s Europa League programme


Reiss Nelson voted Bundesliga Rookie of the Month


Reiss Nelson has been named as the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Month for October.

Our 18-year-old winger scored three goals in three appearances for Hoffenheim, which included a game-winning brace against Nuremberg.

That game was only Nelson’s second start for Julian Nagelsmann’s side this season - but he sure made it count with two goals in quick succession to secure all three points. 

Nelson has since scored twice more in November, meaning he’s taken his tally in the Bundesliga up to six goals. Kylian Mbappe is the only teenager to have outscored him in Europe’s top five leagues.


Nelson breaks Bundesliga record for Hoffenheim


Four of our players featured for their loan clubs at the weekend - read on to find out who was involved and how they fared.

Reiss Nelson came off the bench to secure all three points for Hoffenheim in their 2-1 win over Augsburg on Saturday.

Andrej Kramaric broke the deadlock in the 65th minute with a routine finish from close range, before Alfred Finnbogason equalised with a deft chip over the onrushing Oliver Baumann.

Julian Nagelsmann turned to Nelson with less than eight minutes left, and our youngster made an instant impact off the bench. Adam Szalai’s low drive was pushed away and Nelson was the first to react and finish from close range. 

The 18-year-old winger has now scored six Bundesliga goals this season. No non-German player has ever reached six Bundesliga goals at a younger age than Nelson.

Matt Macey kept a clean sheet in Plymouth Argyle’s FA Cup first-round win over Stevenage.

It looked as though the two sides would have to settle for a draw over 90 minutes, but deep into stoppage time Ruben Lameiras popped up with the all-important goal to book the Pilgrims’ spot in the next round.

David Ospina played the entirety of Napoli’s 2-1 win over Genoa on Saturday.

Christian Kouame opened the scoring for Genoa in the 20th minute, before Fabian Ruiz Pena equalised with a cool finish in the second half. A late own-goal from Davide Biraschi completed Napoli’s comeback. 

Calum Chambers played 90 minutes of Fulham’s 2-0 away defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah finished off a counter-attacking move in the 41st minute, before Xherdan Shaqiri doubled their advantage in the second half with a volleyed finish.

Elsewhere, Krystian Bielik wasn’t involved in Charlton’s 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town in the FA Cup, while Takuma Asano missed out on Hannover’s 2-1 win over Wolfsburg through injury. Kelechi Nwakali failed to feature in Porto B’s 2-1 victory over Cova Piedade.