Reiss Nelson is set to sign a new contract to extend his stay at Arsenal, bringing months of speculation over his future to an end.
The 23-year-old’s deal expired at the end of June, and there was plenty of interest from clubs in England and Europe for the winger.
Although his starting appearances were limited last season, he put in some impressive displays off the bench, most notably when he scored a long-range effort in the final minute to secure a dramatic victory over Bournemouth in March.
Journalist James Benge has now confirmed that Nelson will sign his contract today and that it will be a four-year deal to run until 2027.
This will be a big boost for Mikel Arteta, who now does not need to look for a replacement in what has been a busy summer window.
How important can Nelson be for Arsenal?
Nelson’s new contract may indicate that he has been promised a bigger role in the Arsenal side next season, and he can provide crucial depth for Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka.
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With Arsenal back in the Champions League, rotation will be key and an increased role for Nelson could allow Saka more rest periods in between matches.
Saka appeared in every game last season, and will have to be rotated more as Arsenal face a step up in quality in their hectic fixture schedule.
Nelson was highly impressive in his substitute appearances, with his pace and dribbling ability giving Arsenal extra energy off the bench, whilst also being fairly productive in terms of end product.
The Englishman was once regarded as Hale End’s brightest talent, and his new contract signifies yet more faith in academy players under Arteta, alongside Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah.
With Arsenal attempting to challenge for the title, Nelson will have a big chance to fulfil his potential in crucial games next season, as Arteta aims for more variety in his depth options.