Arsenal news: Reiss Nelson reveals reason for Hoffeinhem loan and talks Jadon Sancho chat | Football | Sport
Arsenal made the decision to ship Nelson to Hoffenheim back in the summer, with the teenager moving to the Bundesliga on a season-long loan deal.
The 18-year-old has been in fine form since making the move, scoring six goals from seven appearances across all competitions.
Arsenal have high hopes for Nelson, who is regarded as one of the finest recruits their academy has had to offer in recent years.
And the teenager has now explained his decision to chance his arm abroad, rather than staying on English football.
“For me, I always want to be the best player I can be,” he told BBC Sport.
“I’m 18 and I thought going to the Bundesliga will give me a challenge and doing that would make me become a better footballer and a better person as well throughout life.
“I wanted to challenge myself and see what I could do. It’s going well so far.
“It’s incredible. But I’ve just got to keep it up. It’s not just for the six games, I’ve got to do it throughout the season.
“I don’t know where it’s going to take me, but I’ve just got to keep my feet on the ground and keep positive.”
Nelson also revealed he and Sancho were part of a WhatsApp group chat.
Like the Arsenal star, Sancho is flourishing in Germany – but at Borussia Dortmund.
Both players were part of the same Southwark side that won the Under-11s London Youth Games in 2011.
And they still have a close relationship.
“We have a group chat – it’s me, Sanch and a couple of other boys,” he said.
“It’s not a competition between me and Jadon… but more like ‘Sanch assists another one’ with the eyes emoji. Then it’s like, ‘Reiss, what you gonna do today?’ I’m just like, ‘Leave it, let’s crack on’.
“We message each other every day and, if he’s got a game a day before mine I’m like, ‘Sanch, you know what you’ve got to do today, come on, do what you can do’.
“He says the same to me. It’s a healthy relationship. We’re encouraging each other but I don’t think it’s a rivalry thing. It will never be that for me.”