Reiss Nelson reveals the real reason he left Arsenal

Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson has opened up on his decision to join Hoffenheim on loan – and says boss Julian Nagelsmann played a big part.

The 18-year-old put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the north London club in August before surprising many in the game by going out on loan to the Bundelisga.

In moving to Germany in search of regular first team football Nelson has become like a number of other young British players – including Jadon Sancho and Ademola Lookman, and before them Oliver Burke.

Nelson netted for Hoffenheim on his debut and has since made an additional three appearances for the club – one coming in the Champions League.

Explaining his decision to join Hoffenheim, Nelson told The FA website: "A loan wasn’t always my first option, but when I heard the Bundesliga and Hoffenheim was an option for me and working with the manager there, it was something I wanted to do.

"Julian’s a great manager and he’s got belief in young players so it’s a good place for me to go and play. He’s very young, he’s only 31 and I think it’s important to go to a team and a coach who believes in you, so he was the main reason because he is willing to play us.

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"It was hard to leave my boyhood club Arsenal, it’s still my dream to play for Arsenal , but I know I have to put that on hold and go and play abroad to get some experience in Germany.

"So I’m trying to do my stuff there, get stronger and come back ready to play for Arsenal’s first team, so I had to take the opportunity to go there."

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