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Nelson turned down loan opportunity

Reiss Nelson turned down the opportunity to spend this season away from Arsenal on loan at another club.

Instead he decided to stay and try and fight for his place at the Emirates.

The 20-year old faces severe competition with the arrival of Willian in the summer, as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pépé, and the highly rated Bukayo Sako all vying for places in the wide areas.

His manager Mikel Arteta has already revealed this his first-team chances are likely to be limited, but admits that the England under-021 international could yet force him to change his mind in which case “he could start to play more games”.

Nelson started three out of the first four games following Arteta’s appointment last December, but was much less involved after lockdown, and had played just 81 minutes of first-team football prior to appearing against the Irish team Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday night.

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