Hoffenheim loan star Reiss Nelson plans on breaking into the Arsenal team next season to “play for the team I love”.
Nelson followed in close friend Jadon Sancho’s footsteps by moving to Germany at Hoffenheim last term. Overall, he gained some vital experience and made a superb impression on spectators in the Bundesliga.
Despite his success abroad, though, the 19-year-old plans on sticking around at Arsenal next season and will hold crunch talks with manager Unai Emery over his plans for him.
However, Nelson’s main focus right now is on the European U21 Championship with England to take on France on Tuesday for their Group C opener in Italy.
“Arsenal is my main goal,” Nelson told Sky Sports.
“After the Euros, I’ll look to go back to pre-season, do that very strong and hopefully play for the team I love.
“I haven’t spoken to him [Unai Emery] yet. The recruitment team said I need to concentrate on the Euros and then we’ll get back into Arsenal later on.”
Nelson scored eight goals and made one assist in 31 appearances for Hoffenheim. Aside from featuring regularly in the Bundesliga, the teenager also gained valuable experience in the Champions League.
And now Nelson revealed what Arsenal can expect from him while comparing the Premier League and Bundesliga.
“It’s a different style the way the German players play,” he said.
“I think English players like to play a lot of one and two touches and we can find each other in the pockets.
“In Germany, it’s more physical. It’s a lot of aggressive runs in behind and getting into the box. I was happy I got that experience out there and I’m happy to be back.
“I learnt a lot on the pitch and I’ve had to deal with a lot off the pitch as well – the culture, the German [language] barrier, but I thought all in it has been a good experience and I’m ready to come back.”