One figure in Mikel Arteta’s squad that has not been particularly prominent in the team so far this season is Reiss Nelson.
After being an unused substitute in Arsenal’s opening league game of the season against Crystal Palace, the winger has been out of action with a thigh injury.
While this injury has kept him out of the picture for the past few weeks, we feel that Arteta should look to move Nelson out of the north London club either in the upcoming January transfer window or next summer.
Furthermore, with 31 shots at goal across those 21 appearances, only 10 of them were on target, leaving 12 players at the Dutch club with a higher percentage of shots on target than the Arsenal figure (32.3%).
Despite previously being labelled as a “special” player by the Gunners boss, these statistics show that he may not have the attacking talent to be a regular first-team figure for the club.
Bearing in mind how Arsenal have Bukayo Saka in their squad, who not only appeared in all 38 of the club’s league games last season but has also started all of their league games in this campaign, it would be hard to see Nelson taking Saka’s place in the side anytime soon.
In addition to that, Marquinhos showed in Arsenal’s recent 2-1 win over Zurich in the Europa League by scoring a goal and providing an assist, just how capable he is of playing in the first team at the age of 19.
Taking all of this into account, it could be the best next step for all parties, if Nelson isn’t likely to be getting much game time this season or beyond that, for Arsenal and Arteta to look to move him out of the club to somewhere he’d be playing regularly.