Reiss Nelson completes season long loan move to Feyenoord and extends Arsenal contract

Reiss Nelson has joined Feyenoord on loan for the 2021/22 season the club have confirmed.

The move comes after the 21-year-old took the decision to extend his Arsenal contract by a year understands.

Nelson’s contract had been due to expire at the end of the current campaign, meaning he could have left on a free transfer next summer but this is no longer the case.

The Hale End graduate had been linked to several Premier League clubs, with Crystal Palace thought to be among the leading contenders for his signature but he has chosen to head out to the Eredivisie instead.

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It is not the England under-21 international’s first spell abroad after he spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

Nelson impressed in Germany but was unable to turn that form into regular game time upon his return to Arsenal, with injuries and the rise to prominence of other youngsters like Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli blocking his path to the first team.

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There were thoughts that the winger might look to leave on loan last season, but instead he backed himself to stay and break into Mikel Arteta’s first team.

Despite gaining rave reviews from the Gunners boss for his efforts in training though Nelson struggled to turn this into first team opportunities, playing just 69 minutes in the Premier League last campaign.

It is hoped that he will now get more regular game time in Holland.

“Everyone at Arsenal wishes Reiss all the best in the Netherlands with Feyenoord this season,” read a statement on the Gunners website.

“We’ve been following Reiss for months,” said Feyenoord sporting director Frank Arnesen, on the Dutch side’s website.

“Getting him to Feyenoord was one of our priorities in this transfer window, so we are very happy that it worked out and that we can welcome him today.

“Reiss is a very creative attacker, a fast boy with good action who can make it very difficult for defenders in one-on-one. We can use such a player in our vanguard.”

“I’m looking forward to playing in this beautiful stadium,” Nelson himself added

“Feyenoord is a wonderful club and a great challenge for me. I hope I can get the fans cheering soon.”

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