Home-grown Arsenal player tipped to leave club in January transfer window - West Ham and Wolves interested

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An Arsenal winger is set to leave the club on a loan deal in the January transfer window.

Arsenal wide man Reiss Nelson could depart the Emirates Stadium in the form of a loan deal in the ongoing January transfer window - several Premier League clubs are believed to be interested in bringing him on board. As things stand, the identity of the teams interested remains unspecified.

This is according to a report from Football Insider, who mention that Arsenal do not want to lose the 24-year-old on a permanent basis - but are happy for him to spend the rest of the season away from North London. Currently, he is under contract at Arsenal until 2027, with the option for an extra year.

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Could Reiss Nelson have a role to play in Arsenal's senior team this season?

While Nelson's talents are evident every time he takes to the pitch, his playing time in 2023/24 has been incredibly limited. He is currently Arsenal's fifth-choice winger, behind Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Leandro Trossard and Fabio Vieira.

Even the perennially-overlooked Emile Smith Rowe has enjoyed a greater share of playing time than Nelson this season - so far, the former Feyenoord loanee has yet to start a game in the Premier League over the course of the current campaign. In total, Nelson has played in 14 senior team games this season, scoring one goal and notching up a pair of assists.

Despite this, Nelson is certainly talented enough to warrant a spot in Arsenal's starting XI. Martinelli has scored just two Premier League goals this season, alongside two assists. Saka's spot is most likely safe, but it seems odd that Arteta is hellbent on playing the Brazilian over one of Arsenal's academy products - even when the former is misfiring.

He may be reluctant to give Nelson a greater role in the senior team due to his spotty injury record - he spent much of the previous season side-lined with a thigh injury. West Ham United and Wolves are among a number of clubs to have been credited with an interest in the ex-England youth international.

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